EDL Demo in Support of Geert Wilders/Free Speech, London, 5 March 2010

Parliament seen from The EmbankmentLondon, 5 March 2010: It was a cold start to the day but the sun soon shone on the English Defence League as they marched to Parliament in support of Geert Wilders and Freedom of Speech.England First Party’s Chairman, Mark Cotterill, was in attendance – having come down on the EDL coach from Lancashire – and one of our southern members attended too.

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UAF demonstrate opposite Parliament at Noon - the EDL will occupy this spot later in the day, with numbers probably four times as high

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EDL London Division 5 March 2010EDL protesters converged from right across the country, with divisions coming from Portsmouth, Lancashire, Derby, Kent and London to name just a few. They all convened just west of Tate Britain, all in good spirits and clear voice! By around 2pm the group marched the short distance to the front of Tate Britain, where EDL spokesmen gave speeches to the assembled crowd.

The EDL team leaders and security were to be applauded for their sterling organisation. The only downsides: the speeches were difficult to hear from the back of the EDL crowds, and there was some confusion as to when we’d actually be allowed to march on Parliament itself.

We soon learnt the reason why. UAF protesters had illegally taken to the street in an attempt to prevent the EDL march from going ahead. They failed! And 50 or so of them were arrested and carted off (Nazi scum off our streets!).

So we were clear to proceed, from Tate Britain, down Millbank and all the way to Parliament. Small pockets of the remaining anti-fascist rabble were dotted along the route, trying to goad the marchers, who only responded with humour and chants. It was clear the UAF weren’t going to be much of a threat.

Communist flag flies before ParliamentWe made it to the Houses of Parliament to find another contingent of anti-fascists (with assorted communists, class ‘warriors’ and ‘anarchists’) in front of the House, hurling abuse (and eggs at one point). The most menacing thing they could muster was to unfurl a Bolshevik flag in front of Parliament. Quite a sight, though, especially with the bronze statue of Richard the Lionheart (King of England, fearless warrior and Christian Crusader) in the background.

Commie flag & statue of Richard The Lionheart

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EFP Chairman at EDL demo 5 March 2010, Parliament, LondonAll-in-all, a historic march for freedom of speech and freedom of expression, and well-worth attending.

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