It takes a nation to protect the nation
[The two articles below by the English Defence League concern the planned for and then cancelled demonstration at Wellington, Telford on 16 March 2019. Some background can be found here.
The first article was published on 13 March. The New Zealand mass murder of Muslims occurred on 15 March. The EDL’s article on the cancellation was published the afternoon of the 15th.
Further essays about this Wellington and the EDL’s activities there are below.]
The National demo in Wellington 16 March 2019
The title of the Shropshire Star article is the start of the problem!
‘Multi-faith anti-racism event to run in tandem with Wellington EDL march’
Well, the EDL is anti-racist and has always been opposed to any sort of racism and anti-semitism. The EDL is also multi-faith. Supporters and participants are of many faiths and none. We do not discriminate for or against faith groups.
They produce this headline as if it is in opposition to the aims of our organisation and the purpose of our demonstration at Wellington on Saturday.
The article quotes the group who wants us to stop our demonstration and who proudly says: "This was not because we object to freedom of speech but…”
Notice the ‘but’! This is the line tyrants and fascists have always used to bully and intimidate anyone they disagree with. That is exactly what happened last year along with a host of broken promises by the police who had agreed to support our right to demonstrate peacefully in the town square, give a few speeches and then leave.
Once again these self-appointed local leaders, politicians, activists or all sorts, and church people want us to stay away and not deliver our messages of the problems of Islam, and the Muslim rape gangs that have plagued this country and various towns in northern England for years, including Wellington. The joint statement, signed by the Muslim and Christian leaders, says: ‘The march would not provide answers for victims or survivors of CSE [child sexual exploitation].” And they know this how?
There have been hundreds, yes hundreds, of Muslim men convicted of child sexual abuse of English girls. A few of these hundreds are listed here:
What will these multi-faith delusionists in Wellington be doing to prevent hundreds more of our girls falling foul of these predators? What are their proposals?
Will these religious leaders and the other groups opposing our freedom and right to demonstrate speak about the inherent misogyny found in Islam? Will they speak up for the thousands of under-aged white girls raped, groomed and exploited by Muslim rape gangs throughout this country for years and years?
They will not, but we will. And one reason we continue to do so is because community leaders like this Wellington group do nothing.
EDL National demo – Wellington (Telford)
16 March 2019
Due to the mass murder at two mosques in New Zealand today, 15 March 2019, the committee has made the very hard decision to suspend tomorrow’s demonstration in Wellington, Telford, UK.
The police have been informed.
We make this decision out of respect for the grieving family and friends of those murdered by an ideologically driven individual in New Zealand. At the present time 49 people were murdered and 20 people injured.
Our Statement makes clear the distinctions we make between Muslims as individuals and the ideology of Islam. Muslims are not just a part of Islam but are individuals with their own choices to make in life and conscience, just like non-Muslims.
From our Statement:
We…reject the unjust assumption that all Muslims are complicit in or somehow responsible for the actions of other Muslims. So we stand firm in support of the right of both Muslims and non-Muslims to speak freely about these actions and encroachments.
The despicable actions of this individual in New Zealand are not reflective of our way of working or thinking. As the world finds out more about the motivation of this person they will see that his way, and the way of all right-thinking, moral people differ as light differs from dark.
To give the local Muslim community and other people time to reflect on these tragic events we suspended our planned demonstration. We reiterate that we abhor what has happened in New Zealand and condemn those who have perpetuated this pain and suffering on innocent people.
By suspending our demonstration, however, we are not abandoning our purpose of calling attention to the dangers of radical Islam.
From our Statement:
The EDL promotes the understanding of Islam and the implications for non-Muslims forced to live alongside it. Islam is not just a religious system; it is practised as a political and social ideology.
But there is a time and place for everything. Radical Islam is the danger to our Society, not innocent Muslims going about their usual daily affairs.
We encourage the resolution of our differences through non-violent means, and always have.
The EDL committee will convene and set another date for our return to Wellington.
Multi-faith anti-racism event to run in tandem with Wellington EDL march
Anti-racists will hold an event celebrating the diversity of Wellington alongside a planned march by the English Defence League this weekend.
The far right group will be marching through the town for its first national demonstration of the year on Saturday.
The group last marched through Wellington in May last year, in the wake of national reports about child sexual exploitation in Telford.
About 50 EDL marchers and 40 counter-protesters turned out on that occasion.
As part of the anti-racism fair, there will be music, stalls and speakers in Wellington town centre from 11am.
Councillor Pat McCarthy, leader of the Telford & Wrekin Green Party, said it would be a chance to celebrate community unity and solidarity.
"Two years ago in May, the EDL acme to Wellington to divide our community and deliver their hate speeches," he said. "We, the residents of Wellington, effectively prevented them achieving their objectives.
"This was not because we object to freedom of speech but because we do object to our multicultural community being subjected to racist and hateful speeches whilst shopping and socialising.
"This Saturday the EDL will visit again. The day they have chosen this year is also the United Nations anti-racism day, so members of the ethnically mixed community people of Wellington will be in the centre holding their own peaceful event celebrating diversity.
"Our display of community unity and solidarity will be in stark contrast to the incoherent hateful chants and banners that are the stock in trade of these extreme right wing groups."
Groups from across the town will be getting involved in the anti-racism event, including Telford LGBT+.
A spokesman for the group said: "People should join us if they can. Let's show the EDL once and for all that racism, bigotry and phobia have no place in our town."
Police have said they will make sure the appropriate preparations are made for the march.
They said that although protesting is a democratic right, they would be on hand to prevent any crime and disorder.
Last year a number of Telford groups joined forces to ask the EDL not to attend the town.
A joint statement signed by councillors, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Telford Unity Forum, Wellington LA21, the Rev Tim Carter of All Saints, Wellington, and Telford Muslim Forum said the march would not provide answers for victims or survivors of CSE.
They wrote: “As a strong united community we would ask the EDL and any other group to stay away from Wellington.
“The disruption to everyday business and the everyday lives of the law-abiding majority is unwanted and unwelcome."
A planned march by the English Defence League has been suspended.
The march was to have taken place through Wellington, Telford, tomorrow.
The EDL said it had make the decision out of respect for the grieving family and friends of those murdered by an "ideologically driven individual" in New Zealand.
The shootings on South Island saw 49 people killed and 20 people injured.
A statement from the EDL said: "To give the local Muslim community and other people time to reflect on these tragic events we suspended our planned demonstration. We reiterate that we abhor what has happened in New Zealand and condemn those who have perpetuated this pain and suffering on innocent people.
"The EDL committee will convene and set another date for our return to Wellington."
Well, let's see if the so-called Multi-faith Anti-racism event still takes place.
If it doesn't it shows their claims to be a pretentious sham and they have nothing to say and no values to proclaim, except that they are against EDL. That will be very pathetic.
When the English Defence League suspended our 16 March return to Wellington, we said we would consider another date for exercising our rights to freedom of assembly and free speech.
That date is 13 April.
We suspended our demo out of consideration for the pain and suffering caused by the Christchurch, New Zealand, mass murder and to give the Muslim community and the world time to grieve and reflect on these events.
As we said in our earlier statement and have always maintained, we make a distinction between Muslims as individuals and the ideology of Islam. Muslims are not just a part of Islam but are also individuals with their own choices to make in life and conscience, just like non-Muslims.
By suspending our demonstration, however, we did not abandon our purpose of calling attention to the dangers of radical Islam. This is our right, even our duty as people who love our country and seek the best for the realm using the traditional process of debate and discussion in the public square.
While the New Zealand attack was horrific, we shouldn’t let it blind us to the persistent atrocities perpetrated in the name of Islam around the world today. And for the last 1400 years, since the founding of Islam by Mohammed, Muslims have been as much the target of radical Islamic violence as non-Muslims.
The demonstration on 13 April will focus on the many problems faced by our society due to the political and social implications promoted and encouraged by the teachings of Islam.
We invite all to attend, listen and learn.
To record your interest in this demo: