Police in talks with EDL as hundreds of far-right activists plan to demonstrate in Middlesbrough

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POLICE are in talks with far-right activists over plans for hundreds of marchers to take to the streets of Teesside at the end of the month.

Members of the English Defence League (EDL) from as far afield as London and Scotland are planning to gather in Middlesbrough on June 28.

About 250 EDL supporters have already confirmed they are attending on Facebook, with organisers saying full details of the demo will be released "at a later date".

It is understood they may try to march through some of Middlesbrough's ethnic minority areas, finishing at the war memorial.

Counter demonstrations are also being planned by groups opposed to the EDL.

This evening (Tuesday) Cleveland Police said an EDL representative had contacted the force, but stressed no firm plans had been put in place.

"Groups have a lawful right to gather or protest in a peaceful manner and Cleveland Police will plan for and try to facilitate such events," said Supt Mark Thornton. "We are aware that other groups have expressed their intention to gather and express their own views that day however, as yet, no representatives have come forward to give police a clear indication of their intentions for that day.

"Finally we are in contact with a number of community groups from across Middlesbrough to reassure them of our commitment to the day passing off peacefully, without incident, and with minimal disruption to residents of and visitors to Middlesbrough.

"I would stress that anyone coming to Cleveland with the intention of taking part in anti-social or criminal behaviour will be dealt with robustly."

While the EDL could not be contacted for comment, John Bloom, a spokesman for Teesside Solidarity Movement, said he wanted to ask the "real decent people" of Middlesbrough and Teesside to stand side by side in solidarity against the organisation.

"Let us show those who want to divide us by race and colour that we will have none of it," he said.

"Ours will not be an angry mob like theirs, but a celebration together of what is good about Teesside folk, standing together against the racism. We need to get out in numbers, sing, dance, march, ignore them and unify ourselves together.

"We are all colours and creeds together, just Boro folk trying to get along and make a life together.

"Middlesbrough is a town that was built by incomers, the Irish who built the docks, the Scots who came to work at the steelworks, the West Indians and Asians who came to work in our health service.

"On the 70th anniversary of the D Day Landings we were reminded of the price that we pay when we allow people to try to set us apart from each other by race and religion. Never again."

He said the details of the solidarity parade were being finalised and could be found on Facebook at BoroNo2EDL.

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8:45pm Tue 10 Jun 14

davidhaz says...

WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction.
WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction. davidhaz
  • Score: 3

1:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

rabennison says...

Unfortunately David all the evidence tends to suggest otherwise.
Unfortunately David all the evidence tends to suggest otherwise. rabennison
  • Score: -3

1:50pm Wed 11 Jun 14

David Lacey says...

Why not simply ignore them. "Counter demonstrations are also being planned by groups opposed to the EDL". Why? It seems to me that both sides are spoiling for a fight.
Why not simply ignore them. "Counter demonstrations are also being planned by groups opposed to the EDL". Why? It seems to me that both sides are spoiling for a fight. David Lacey
  • Score: -3

5:26pm Wed 11 Jun 14

AllAboardTheSkylark says...

davidhaz wrote:
WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction.
Good grief.

The EDL even thinks the Bishop of Leicester is an enemy of the people.

I have never yet met a so-called EDL member who isn't a bigot or a racist.
[quote][p][bold]davidhaz[/bold] wrote: WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction.[/p][/quote]Good grief. The EDL even thinks the Bishop of Leicester is an enemy of the people. I have never yet met a so-called EDL member who isn't a bigot or a racist. AllAboardTheSkylark
  • Score: -1

5:42pm Wed 11 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

yawn
yawn punkrocker
  • Score: -1

3:46pm Thu 12 Jun 14

selbuydate says...

AllAboardTheSkylark,
you Sir are the bigot and racist,you obviously haven't met any EDL members to make such a statement.I'm not a member of the EDL,but I have many of there concerns regarding Muslim Fundamentalism,which I believe is the greatest threat to Democracy the West has ever encountered.You are the typical leftwing Libtard that I have come to despise over the years.You offer no sound retoric to back up your claims about the EDL and are too cowardly to even debate what are genuine concerns of people from all walks of life.Then again its much easier to throw the Racecard into the fray,that way there's little chance of revealing the retard that you obviously are.
AllAboardTheSkylark, you Sir are the bigot and racist,you obviously haven't met any EDL members to make such a statement.I'm not a member of the EDL,but I have many of there concerns regarding Muslim Fundamentalism,which I believe is the greatest threat to Democracy the West has ever encountered.You are the typical leftwing Libtard that I have come to despise over the years.You offer no sound retoric to back up your claims about the EDL and are too cowardly to even debate what are genuine concerns of people from all walks of life.Then again its much easier to throw the Racecard into the fray,that way there's little chance of revealing the retard that you obviously are. selbuydate
  • Score: -2

6:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

davidhaz says...

AllAboardTheSkylark wrote:
davidhaz wrote:
WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction.
Good grief.

The EDL even thinks the Bishop of Leicester is an enemy of the people.

I have never yet met a so-called EDL member who isn't a bigot or a racist.
Soooo you accuse all EDL people of being biggots and prejudice yet you are happy to judge all of them when you can't have possibly met ALL of them. Doesn't that make you prejudice?
[quote][p][bold]AllAboardTheSkylark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davidhaz[/bold] wrote: WTF is John Bloom on about??? EDL have no interest in colour of skin or race and don't care what God people pray to so the whole reason for his "counter demo" is false. The EDL stand against spcific components of Islam and elements of these peoples culture that is extreme in nature and a threat to our country, way of life and national identity. The EDL love our country and desire to protect it, protecting that which you love is one of the human attributes we can all be proud of. Also there is nothing "far right" about the EDL so perhaps the journalist who wrote this would care to offer some evidence as why he / she thinks the EDL are far right or print a retraction.[/p][/quote]Good grief. The EDL even thinks the Bishop of Leicester is an enemy of the people. I have never yet met a so-called EDL member who isn't a bigot or a racist.[/p][/quote]Soooo you accuse all EDL people of being biggots and prejudice yet you are happy to judge all of them when you can't have possibly met ALL of them. Doesn't that make you prejudice? davidhaz
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

davidhaz says...

rabennison wrote:
Unfortunately David all the evidence tends to suggest otherwise.
Like what? This is the problem with the left of politics in this country. they are happy to shout anyone down who disagrees with them and refuse to have an adult conversation. Have we learned nothing? Whenever the ruling ideology denies the masses a voice in their own affairs it will always turn bad........
[quote][p][bold]rabennison[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately David all the evidence tends to suggest otherwise.[/p][/quote]Like what? This is the problem with the left of politics in this country. they are happy to shout anyone down who disagrees with them and refuse to have an adult conversation. Have we learned nothing? Whenever the ruling ideology denies the masses a voice in their own affairs it will always turn bad........ davidhaz
  • Score: 0

7:06am Sat 14 Jun 14

AllAboardTheSkylark says...

selbuydate wrote:
AllAboardTheSkylark,

you Sir are the bigot and racist,you obviously haven't met any EDL members to make such a statement.I'm not a member of the EDL,but I have many of there concerns regarding Muslim Fundamentalism,which I believe is the greatest threat to Democracy the West has ever encountered.You are the typical leftwing Libtard that I have come to despise over the years.You offer no sound retoric to back up your claims about the EDL and are too cowardly to even debate what are genuine concerns of people from all walks of life.Then again its much easier to throw the Racecard into the fray,that way there's little chance of revealing the retard that you obviously are.
Please seek help....or at least buy yourself a dictionary.
[quote][p][bold]selbuydate[/bold] wrote: AllAboardTheSkylark, you Sir are the bigot and racist,you obviously haven't met any EDL members to make such a statement.I'm not a member of the EDL,but I have many of there concerns regarding Muslim Fundamentalism,which I believe is the greatest threat to Democracy the West has ever encountered.You are the typical leftwing Libtard that I have come to despise over the years.You offer no sound retoric to back up your claims about the EDL and are too cowardly to even debate what are genuine concerns of people from all walks of life.Then again its much easier to throw the Racecard into the fray,that way there's little chance of revealing the retard that you obviously are.[/p][/quote]Please seek help....or at least buy yourself a dictionary. AllAboardTheSkylark
  • Score: 0

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