On February 7th, activists from the English Defence Leauge descended upon Dudley to peacefully protest against the proposed mega mosque. The imposing construction was granted planning permission by the local Labour council despite hundreds of objections by locals.
Local press reported that there was approximately 600 patriots at the EDL protest. As usual communist front group Unite Against Fascism held a counter protest which was attended by around 50 far left extremists.
Following the protest the local paper ran the headline :
Twenty nine people were arrested as 600 EDL supporters descended on Dudley to protest plans for a new mosque.
The report also featured Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson saying “While West Midlands Police has no power to ban people from exercising their democratic right to express their opinions through protest, we have been planning the policing operation for months.”
Council leader Councillor Pete Lowe “We have said all along that the EDL is not welcome in Dudley borough but there are no legal powers to stop them holding a protest.
The impression given by the newspaper is that those who were arrested in Dudlley were there as part of the EDL protest, This is seemingly backed up by the comments by the Police and council leader who both make it clear they did not approve of the EDL being there. Yet this was far removed from the truth
It took a freedom of information request to West Midlands Police to reveal that only 4 out of the 29 arrests made were part of the EDL demo. The other 25 arrested were from those in opposition to the EDL as part of the Unite Against Fascism counter protests.
The authorities want to make groups like the EDL be smeared as the bad guys. If not the public may start to listen to their message and wake up to the stealth jihad and islamization going on all around them.