Some Other Groups and the EDL

An item from 3 September posted at Demotix by a photographer named Peter Marshall has details of an “Alternative Action Anti-Sharia Protest in London”:

AA brings together a number of “patriot activist groups” which have previously demonstrated with the EDL but now want to dissociate themselves from the loutish behaviour, violence and racism that has attended many EDL protests. They include the English Nationalist Alliance, the British Patriotic Alliance, the Combined Ex Forces, the Ex EDL Association and the National League of Infidels.

The event involved only 20 or so persons, and centred on the Cenotaph:

This small protest was in marked contrast to the events taking place in the City of London, where later police arrested around 60 of the EDL. Here the protesters made their protest in a quiet and generally dignified manner, apart from one small incident where English Nationalist Alliance leader Bill Baker got out his megaphone to shout at the Syrians demonstrating opposite Downing St against the repression of dissent in Syria. Apparently under the misconception that they were Islamic extremists he told them to go back to Syria and make their protests in their own country.

Baker previously featured on this blog here.

Details about “Alternative Action” are scarce – there’s no designated website, although Baker’s ENA website has been rebranded as the organisation.

One group that isn’t involved is March for England, which on its Facebook page instead emphasises its “unity” with the EDL and its opposition to Baker. However, the ideological difference appears to be slight: browsing MfE’s picture album, it’s very clear that, despite the occasional positive reference to Iranian dissidents in London, the distinction it used to make between Islamic extremism and ordinary Muslims has collapsed.

3 Responses

  1. These groups have not left EDL, we have thrown them out because they do not agree to our mission statement and Baker along with Roberta Moore have stirred things up by making anti EDL statements.
    As well as trying to align EDL with terrorist organisations.

    Arthur.

  2. We as you say we still have contact with our Iranian friends and once again they joined with MfE on 9/7th in Tavistock Sq to remember those of all faiths who died on 7/7th.
    You do fail to mention that we cheered Syrians marching up Whitehall and joined in with chants of Free Syria and shook hands and posed for pictures with them the Syrian flags next to the MfE flags.
    MfE stand against all Extremists who want to blow up our Country regardless of race.

  3. We have called for unity of every English group. Each keeping its own identity.
    We are differant to the EDL aswe stand for a English Parliment. Making St Georges Day a bank holiday. Supporting events like Justice for Baby P and supplying security and stewards for the Baby P march. Supporting the Gurkhas campaign and having ex Gurkhas on one of our events.

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