It takes a nation to protect the nation
Originally published 20 September 2009
The police are discussing how to relate to EDL and other demonstrators (e.g. SIOE) who bring out the UAF and Muslim anti-demo demonstrators as what has happened in Birmingham on 8 August and in Harrow on 11 September.
If I had a chance to speak to this important group, and maybe they are monitoring sites like this one, this is what I would say.
I sympathise with your predicament. I realise that you called off the demonstration by SIOE because you were afraid that you could not control the crowd and you were ‘fearful of the safety of your own officers.’
I will assume you also had a similar feeling for the actual demonstrators.
You will have further anxious moments in the future, both near and far. For example, on 10 October in Manchester the English Defence League will be hosting a rally which will inevitably call forth the anti-demo demonstrators, like the UAF and allied Muslim objectors.
What to do?
For certain, the anti-demo demonstrators will try to prevent the gathering of the demonstrators as they successfully did in Harrow.
Will you protect the right of freedom of assembly? Will you protect the right of the citizens to travel from one place to another in order to stand peacefully and state their opinion on the problems that are besetting this country vis a vis the push for Sharia law and other aspects of Islamisation in daily life?
As people travel to the point of assembly by car, coaches, trains and walking will do your best to prevent harassment and intimidation? Such was not the case on 11 September in Harrow.
Assuming that a good number people actually arrive at the point of assembly will you protect them from mass charges and thrown objects with intent to maim and injure? At the Harrow I saw a metal object being thrown that could easily have killed.
Can citizens of this country rely on you to protect them in the lawful exercise of their rights of freedom of speech and assembly?
Will you bring the necessary resources of personnel and equipment in order to up hold the law?
I hope so.
The challenge to you is not just for the 10 October EDL demonstration but for many more such demonstrations to come. They will not go away. A growing number of people are learning about and object to the Islamisation of this country required by Islam and pushed by many Muslims, and their supporters.
The challenge is more than just this one demonstration or this type of demonstration. It strikes at the heart of what the majority of people consider to be a crucial part of human rights and law in this country.
If you do not create the conditions whereby the exercise of such rights are allowed you will have conceded the ground to those who shrill ‘racism’ and ‘fascism’ when they only mean ‘you do not have the right to publicly disagree with our perception of Islam.’
In Islamic terms, you will have become a dhimmi, a person who is subservient to and subdued by your Muslim betters. (ref. Qur'an 9:29)
In social terms you will loosen the grasp you have on the loyalty and expectation that most citizens have of their police force to uphold the law and protect civil discussion and the expression of ideas and opinions. The market place of ideas will become a ‘one-stall for all’, which is run by those groups with the biggest and most violent mob.
In short, you will have abdicated your role as Guardians of civil rights and secular law.
Such a situation would leave people to rely on themselves alone in order to protect their families, communities and this great nation.
Really an excellent letter, coherent argumentation, sober and yet saying exactly what need to be said.