EDL leader Tommy Robinson held on Tower Hamlets march

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been arrested as up to 500 supporters of the far-right group held a march in east London.

Tommy Robinson (right)

A tweet on the EDL website stated: “Tommy’s been arrested for incitement”

 About 3,000 officers maintained a visible presence as the group walked from Queen Elizabeth Street, over Tower Bridge, going up to Aldgate.

On Friday the group lost a court battle after police cut short its plans to march through the Tower Hamlets area.

Hundreds others gathered at a park in Aldgate to protest against the march.

By 18:00 BST, 14 people had been arrested for offences including violent disorder, criminal damage and possession of a pointed blade or article.

Among those in custody is a 15-year-old boy who was arrested for going equipped, Scotland Yard said.

‘United community’

A tweet on the EDL website stated: “Tommy’s been arrested for incitement.”

Police presence at the EDL march

About 3,000 police officers were deployed near the planned gatherings

 The anti-EDL gathering took place at the Altab Ali Park in Aldgate East, which was also attended by the mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman and John Biggs, a Labour London Assembly member.

Mr Rahman said he was “very fed up” with the EDL marches, adding: “We are a united community and we are a diverse community. Young people are not coming out today because they are frightened.”

BBC London home affairs correspondent Guy Smith said Met officers formed a “security envelope” around the EDL with a strategy to “keep both sides apart”.

The EDL group had planned to march through Tower Hamlets, which has one of the biggest Muslim populations in the country.

It took the police to the High Court after the Met shortened the route over concerns that “serious public disorder” could take place.

Mr Robinson said he would hold sponsored walks in east London to raise money to pay for the court costs.

source: BBC NEWS

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9 comments

    • paulywido

      It comes to something when a white Englishman is not allowed to walk down an English street in an English city, because of muslims,
      If we banned them from walking down the street there would be hell to pay!
      It is time we started taking back our country!

    • paulywido

      Caroline, as yet I haven’t heard any news of his release and his twitter account has been inactive for over 13 hours…..the police did spread a false rumour that he had been released when the demo dispersed….I suspect this was to avoid any trouble with the EDL.

    • paulywido

      Thanks Jeannie….I believe most right minded people have the same thoughts but are scared to give voice to those thoughts for fear of being labeled as racist.
      Muslims have successfully manipulated our laws and media to further their cause and the puppets are dancing to their tune without them realising [or caring] who is pulling the strings!

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