Undercover Guardian investigation reveals plan by English Defence League to hit racially sensitive areas in attempt to provoke disorder over summer
MPs expressed concern tonight after it emerged that far-right activists are planning to step up their provocative street campaign by targeting some of the UK’s highest-profile Muslim communities, raising fears of widespread unrest this summer.
Undercover footage shot by the Guardian reveals the English Defence League, which has staged a number of violent protests in towns and cities across the country this year, is planning to “hit” Bradford and the London borough of Tower Hamlets as it intensifies its street protests. Senior figures in the coalition government were briefed on the threat posed by EDL marches this week. [Today] up to 2,000 EDL supporters are expected to descend on Newcastle for its latest protest.
MPs said the group’s decision to target some of the UK’s most prominent Muslim communities was a blatant attempt to provoke mayhem and disorder. “This group has no positive agenda,” said the Bradford South MP, Gerry Sutcliffe. “It is an agenda of hate that is designed to divide people and communities. We support legitimate protest but this is not legitimate, it is designed to stir up trouble. The people of Bradford will want no part of it.”
The English Defence League, which started in Luton last year, has become the most significant far-right street movement in the UK since the National Front in the 1970s. A Guardian investigation has identified a number of known rightwing extremists who are taking an interest in the movement – from convicted football hooligans to members of violent rightwing splinter groups.
Thousands of people have attended its protests – many of which have descended into violence and racist and Islamophobic chanting. Supporters are split into “divisions” spread across the UK and as many as 3,000 people are attracted to its protests.
The group also appears to be drawing support from the armed forces. Its online armed forces division has 842 members and the EDL says many serving soldiers have attended its demonstrations. A spokeswoman for the EDL, whose husband is a serving soldier, said: “The soldiers are fighting Islamic extremism in Afghanistan and Iraq and the EDL are fighting it here … Not all the armed forces support the English Defence League but a majority do.”
Following the British National party’s poor showing in this month’s local and national elections anti-racist campaigners say some far-right activists may be turning away from the ballot box and returning to violent street demonstrations for the first time in three decades.
Nick Lowles, from Searchlight, said: “What we are seeing now is the most serious, most dangerous, political phenomenon that we have had in Britain for a number of years. With EDL protests that are growing week in, week out there is a chance for major disorder and a major political shift to the right in this country.”
In undercover footage shot by Guardian Films, EDL spokesman Guramit Singh says its Bradford demonstration “will be huge”. He adds: “The problem with Bradford is the security threat, it is a highly populated Muslim area. They are very militant as well. Bradford is a place that has got to be hit.”
Singh, who was speaking during an EDL demonstration in Dudley in April, said the organisation would also be targeting Tower Hamlets.
A spokesman for the EDL confirmed it would hold a demonstration in Bradford on 28 August because the city was “on course to be one of the first places to become a no-go area for non-Muslims”. The EDL has already announced demonstrations in Cardiff and Dudley.
The former Home Office minister Phil Woolas said: “This is a deliberate attempt by the EDL at division and provocation, to try and push young Muslims into the hands of extremists, in order to perpetuate the divide. It is dangerous.”
The EDL claims it is a peaceful and non-racist organisation only concerned with protesting against “militant Islam”. However, over the last four months the Guardian has attended its demonstrations and witnessed racism, violence and virulent Islamophobia. During the election campaign David Cameron described the EDL as “dreadful people” and said the organisation would “always be under review”.
A spokesman for the Home Office said that although the government was committed to restoring the right to “non-violent protest … violence and intimidation are wholly unacceptable and the police have powers to deal with individuals who commit such acts. The government condemns those who seek to spread hatred.”
He added: “Individual members of EDL – like all members of the public – are of course subject to the law, and all suspected criminal offences will be robustly investigated and dealt with by the police.”
The violent fascist EDL have confirmed they plan to inflict Bradford with Britain’s deadliest-ever race riot in late August. Having cancelled an earlier visit to the multicultural rubble-strewn wreck of a city, the racist street-fighting army of football hooligans and hardcore white supremacists will invade Bradford, unleashing a pandemonium of ultra violence with chisel as, bottles, knives and petrol bombs.
Token non-white EDL organiser Guramit Singh announced the EDL’s devastating plans to a newspaper journalist, (later confirmed by the leadership) that Bradford would be “hit!” In the words of this religious bigot and self-styled anti-Muslim extremist, The EDL’s invasion will be “huge!”
Every British racist will descend upon Bradford over the bank holiday weekend to destroy multiculturalism, including disillusioned BNP members, BPP, NF, and self-proclaimed Odin-worshipping Aryan “white wolves”. If they are not stopped, in a matter of hours, the tolerant multicultural city will be turned into (byegone) Beirut, with an orgy of outright racial violence, tit-for-tat revenge attacks set to last on throughout the bank holiday weekend.
In Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), which paved the way for the Holocaust, mobs of brainwashed racist thugs rampaged through the streets of multicultural cities, burning, looting and destroying Jewish houses and shops, displacing and murdering entire families, their rabble-rousing racist venom shared by the so-called “British Nationalists” who continue to openly worship Adolf Hitler on far-right websites such as VNN and Stormfront.
The presence of a provocative Israeli flag, and the window-dressing of less than half a dozen non-white members (accused of being “Uncle Toms”), fails to disguise the EDL’s inheritance of the catastrophic nazi legacy. Avoiding the media spotlight after a number of lower-key demonstrations including attacks on KFC take-aways, lulling the authorities and politicians into a false sense of complacency, millionairre Alan Lake and his EDL footsoldiers are launching Bradford’s most deadly race riot.
On Saturday August the 28th, wearing face-masks, making Hitler salutes, and armed with chisels, hammers and bottles, the drunken EDL army will march from Bradford Interchange to the Turls Green Lloyds Bar (Wetherspoons), set upon absolute carnage and mayhem at the exact same site of the devastating riots of 2001. While making worthless promises to the police that they will behave, once in Bradford the EDL’s thugs will kick-off their orgy of hate, incitement and terror to finish the riot-stricken city, once and for all.
Bradford is not a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism. Since the Salman Rushdie affair, it’s home-grown Muslim community is religiously-moderate and if it’s a question of patriotism, consider how, last December, 1000 Muslim worshippers donated £5 each in a single collection for the Cumbrian victims of flooding, including a policeman who died rescuing householders from danger. And recently, Manningham’s Muslims have set up successful scout and cub groups.
Beyond the spin of media-savvy apologist (Lord Haw Haw of the EDL) Trevor Kelway, lurks candid old-skool race hatred. Check out Facebook, YouTube, and every other site where EDL supporters inhabit, and discover raw, old-fashioned loathing of immigrants, black people, Jews, and gays and lesbians, besides Muslims. Once out in the open, the EDL’s facsist faithful come out in their true violent racist colours, threatening to maim, murder, and conduct acts of genocide upon anybody who happens not to be white.
It’s easy to dismiss EDL regulars as a bunch of brainless pisshead hooligans, but when the opportunity to ignite the UK-s worst ever race riot looms, expect hundreds of hardcore neo-Nazis to get in on the act. Down the road from Bradford in Batley, in January, former soldier and BNP member Terrance Gavan was jailed for 22 counts including collecting information useful for terrorism and possessing explosives and firearms. He had been plotting to murder Asian people in Dewsbury.
Inspired by David Copeland, Robert Cottage and Martyn Gilleard, meddling with firearms, explosives and chemical weapons, a flurry of extremist pyschopaths lurk in the wings of British Nationalism, cashing-in on the loss of interest in the ballot box since the decline of the BNP. Such individuals pose a significant terrrorist threat, and see the arrival of the EDL in Bradford as the green light to wage a white supremacist race war on the streets of Britain.
In 2001, less than forty NF and BNP racists from outside of Bradford were able to create a large-scale race riot which still casts a shadow over the city today. This time there will be more than two thousand neo-Nazis descending upon the city.
In the days and weeks leading up to the 2010 Bradford Riot, EDL organisers will exploit Facebook’s “misguided devotion to free speech”, infiltrating young white Bradfordians on Facebook with racist myths and lies about Bradford’s Muslims which will create the backdrop of fear, mistrust and untruths that will turn the city in on itself, setting the seal for the lasting descruction of this once-proud industrial city.
The riots of 2001 lasted mere hours. August’s riots will last several days, as community harmony is irreversably destroyed with sporadic eruptions of street violence, as the outsiders ignite local tensions stirred by toxic Facebook myths.
Beforehand the council and the police will visit Mosques, warning young Asian people not to protest against the EDL, threatening a repeat of the disproportionate sentences handed out to Asian rioters who threw a single stone (back in 2001), but with a whole community under threat, and the Unite Against Fascism offering no practical opposition to counter the EDL’s arrival, all warnings will fall upon deaf ears, violent confrontation inevitable.
Accused by many of being state-sponsored, since Tommy Robinson’s “secret interrogation” in Sheffield, the EDL have noticeably been treated with kid-gloves by the authorities while continuing to chant racial abuse, and assault and threaten non-white people without being punished. Outnumbered by a vast number of EDL supporters, if the police are seen to “take sides” by taking no action against racist chanters, World War III will kick-of, shoppers, pensioners and families with little children, caught up in the deadly crossfire.
Bus drivers will be beaten-up threatened with their lives, curry houses, taxis and Asian-owned shops will be smashed up, chaos descending to the inner cities, the impoverished council estates, and the outer-suburbs. If the EDL are allowed to strut willy-nilly through Bradford, there is only one outcome, the next Lord Scarman/Lord Ouseley waiting in the wings to pen the post-riot report, when the dust has settled.
On the day of the riot, Unite Against Fascism will preach to the converted up by the university, away from the city centre, a handful of trade unionists making well-meaning but pointless speeches, while Bradford burns, leaving it up to the younger members of Bradford’s Asian community to take direct action by themselves, leading to the inevitable Asian versus white confrontation.
Bradford’s marginalised British Pakistani community has a history of defiance against violent fascism, reflected by hip hop acts such Fun-Da-Mental, and they will not stay at home because the police ask them to. Ironically, many of the people who will take to the streets, are not devout Muslims, making a mockery of the EDL’s assumptions.
Kevin Watmough, Wigan Mike, Liam Pinkham, the British Freedom Fighters, the Racial Volunteer Squad, and assorted BNP, BPP and NF neo-Nazis pouring into Bradford, every active British racist will be there in Bradford to destroy multiculturalism in broad daylight with their boots and fists.
Since the last major riot, many shops have moved out, businesses have collapsed, and jobs have been lost. The Odeon Cinema is rotting away, and half the city has become one massive hole in the ground. Only last week, another Yorkshire Ripper-style mass murderer “the Crossbow Cannibal” was arrested for murdering prostitutes. Black, white or Asian, impoverished long-suffering Bradfordians just want to get on their lives in peace, not suffer the mother of all race riots.