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UAF cheered wildly as the EDL seemingly retreated. Anti-fascists started chanting “No Pasaran!” They had defeated the Nazis! They were jubilant, celebrating victory and started singing “We shall not be moved!”
However, their joy proved somewhat premature, chants of “Muslim bombers off our streets!” could suddenly be heard getting gradually louder. The EDL in the square had merely gone to meet a snaking mass of their comrades who, with a police escort, slowly making their way there. They had been led slowly through the streets of Bolton towards the protest site, a line of stewards and riot police checking their advance.
The column stalled briefly before being allowed to enter the square and the chant of “E, E, EDL!” filled the air. Finally released by police, the EDL roared like a triumphant army as they entered the arena. The anti-fascists were dumbstruck, as an immense, noisy, flag waving, swarming mass of patriots flooded towards them.
These were the forgotten people, the sons and daughters of old England, here to reclaim their birthright. A mass of coloured flags filled the square, as it was reclaimed in the name of the English people. Here were the descendants of people who built the modern world, their battle flag rich with exotic names from far flung shores. Now more familiar sounding names were being added, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, London and now Bolton. There were well over 1500 of them, all chanting in unison and drowning out the chants of the anti-fascists. It was pure, crude and brutal Anglo-Saxon defiance. They had a simple message for their opponents, two fingers. We will not submit.
The entrance alone was a victory in itself, the surprise of anti-fascists was palpable. They had severely misjudged the EDL’s level of support. As they confronted the anti-fascists the EDL mocked them with chants of “who are ya, who are ya?” Bolton’s war memorial stood proudly between the two groups, bearing the legend ‘Tell ye your children’.
The English Defence League burst onto the streets of Britain in the summer of 2009, following the open abuse of British troops by Muslim extremists in Luton.
This formidable urban force formed quickly, a loose coalition of aggrieved, patriotic and overwhelmingly working class people. Rising on a reflex of inherent Anglo-Saxon anger and led by football hooligans, the group took to the streets to oppose the radicals.
Following initial protests of varying success, the EDL faced the full onslaught of the establishment via the media and law enforcement agencies. The group has been given various labels by the mainstream media and opponents alike, racist, fascist, and neo-Nazi. One thing all commentators agree on, the EDL has become the largest, and most effective organised street army in the UK.
Author ‘Billy Blake’ has followed the group and charted their progress.
This is the story of the first two years of the English resistance.
Released and available from 19th September 2011.
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