B-B-B-B-B-Blogging B-B-B-B-Birmingham.Today, the EDL are demonstrating in Birmingham.
Birmingham has a rather large muslim population, and while I knew there was a demo coming up, I've been occupied (not #occupied) with fun things like cleaning the fishtank and introducing Magilla to the Khan Academy. I hadn't thought of liveblogging until my good friend Martin called me up this morning.
Anyway, the demo is about to start (it's nearly 11pm saturday evening here in Melbournistan), so let the liveblogging commence:
[10:40PM]update Muslims are being held back by the demo point, police presence is not they great, got a feeling this could turn nasty soon... ps love it lol bring it on
Others disagree with this summation:
Heavy and very well organised police presence in town for #EDL March #Birmingham
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[10:58PM]@yellamob Eddie Bitches
More police than #EDL. #birmingham twitpic.com/77j3jt
[11:11PM]The police have said if we fly our flags we will be arrested. England has sharia police
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[11:13PM]emailing coach companies about their involvement with the violent #EDL. http://abccoachhire.co.uk & http://supremecoaches.co.uk identified today.
1 minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply twitter (nice to see that freedom to conduct your business how you choose is still highly valued amongst the Left.)
[11:15PM]Rosie Pushka https://www.facebook.com/EDL.EnglishDefenceLeague.NS?sk=wall&filter=1 << anyone in touch with people at the demo, can you tell them to look at Mark McCourt's post-saying they have 'infiltrators' within MDL taking closeup photos of MDL leadership
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(the EDL having people amongst the counter-protesters has been noted a few times on twitter, and has spread to the MDL - Muslim Defence League - page. Whether they actually have infiltrated the counter-demo or not, it's still a good way to tie them up in knots looking over their shoulders. Of course, the fact that they often try to infiltrate the EDL doesn't seem to strike them as providing a justification for a return of the favour, but logic has never been a strong suit of that way of thinking.)
[11:20PM] EddBauer 3 mins 20 secs ago Twitter
'Hunters' coaches busing #edl into #brum, ring the number on the back of coach and complain. yfrog.com/nupoyoejtwitter
[11:24PM] @SabbyDhalu Sabby Dhalu
Fab CWU black workers against racism, fascism + discrimination #UAFBrum #EDL yfrog.com/nzjulgpj twitter (good to see the unions getting in on the act. One minor question, though. Is there a white workers union?)
[11:36PM]And here's a small exchange that couldn't happen here in Oz (just ask Bolta):
@Giltinann Lewis Giltinan
@rhiwbafc edl are a bunch of racist uneducated thugs
@rob1988ander rob anderson
@Giltinann @rhiwbafc their blacks and Asians in edl I'm of mixed background so what's fascist or rascist about #EDL
@edlnews EDL News
@rob1988ander there are very few black and asians in the #EDL and if you really are mixed race, take a long hard look at yourself
[11:40PM] @everythingedl Everything EDL
One of the banners from todays #EDL protest. How come they know so much about what goes on inside Mosques, anyway? twitpic.com/77jwj8
(because they probably saw Undercover Mosque, and heard Erdogan's words.)
14.40 #edl entering Centenary Square.
Plea for calm in Birmingham EDL and UAF protests
A PLEA has been made for calm during two rallies which are due to be held in Birmingham today.
The EDL is holding a protest in Centenary Square, whilst a separate community event organised as a counter-reaction to the EDL will take place in Chamberlain Square.
Strict conditions have been placed on both events, but police, community leaders and councillors are still appealing for everyone taking part to keep it safe.
Asst Chief Con Marcus Beale said they had spoken to all the organisers and reminded them about their safety responsibilities.
“We want people to feel reassured and in response to community concerns, we will be staging a large-scale operation,” he said.
“We do not welcome this protest as we recognise that many people feel anxious about it being in the city so soon after the disturbances in August. Like them, we believe that our resources would be better placed in neighbourhoods tackling the crimes which matter most to local people.
“With that in mind, we urge people to go about their normal business and not allow the protest to affect them or undermine Birmingham’s reputation as a harmonious city with many different cultures living alongside each other in peace.” Lozells and East Handsworth councillor, Waseen Zaffar, wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May asking her to intervene and ban the protest, but failed. He said his concerns were not confined to the far-right EDL, but also about the counter demonstration planned by the Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
“I have in the past supported UAF activity and may support their future activities,” he said.
[11:54PM] @OldFatherKong Old Father Kong
Aug 21, London. Hezbollah march through London. No counter demo by the left shocker #tcot #israel #edl #tory twitpic.com/7768nd
(A little bit of perspective. I'm sure everyone is shocked! and stunned!)
[12:01AM] @glitterylou Louise Sian Gibbard
good luck to all #uaf comrades fighting (peacefully!) the racsist, fascist thugs of the EDL in Birmingham today. Who's streets? Our streets! (Why is literacy so hard to come by these days?)