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UK: EDL leader goads counter protesters as London turmoil continues00:55

UK: EDL leader goads counter protesters as London turmoil continues

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May 27, 2013 at 18:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: EDL leader goads counter protesters as London turmoil continues

Clashes turned violent between English Defence League (EDL) protesters, counter demonstrators and police in London on Monday and led to 13 arrests, when members of a left-wing demonstration attempted to break through police lines to the far-right EDL and in particular its joint leader Kevin Carroll. Carroll taunted counter demonstrators from Unite Against Fascism (UAF), saying "All of you - it's only me and him. Where are you?"

Police attempted to keep the two separate demonstrations apart, and video footage shows them pushing UAF demonstrators as well as chasing after those who broke through their police lines. The 13 people arrested are thought to include EDL members as well as their UAF opponents. UAF organised the demonstration to oppose the EDL march attended by around 1,000 EDL members, meant to pay respects to the murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. The march went down Whitehall to Downing Street, and video footage shows some protesters doing Nazi salutes.

London has seen several protests after Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich last week, spurring anti-Islamic rhetoric especially among right-wing groups.

One police officer was treated for injuries at the scene after being hit with a bottle in Monday's clashes. The demonstrators chanted "Where's your master race?" and "Scum" while Metropolitan Police officers escorted them through London. The second EDL joint leader Tommy Robinson stood on a barrier attempting to calm the crowd down.

Lee Rigby was run down by a vehicle before allegedly being fatally attacked by two assailants with knives and meat-cleavers in full public view. The two alleged perpetrators, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adelowale, were filmed by eyewitnesses at the scene and video footage shows them holding their weapons with bloodied hands, waiting for police to arrive.

When the police arrived the alleged perpetrators attempted to confront them before being shot. One of them was reported to have been carrying a firearm in what the UK government labelled an act of domestic terrorism. Home Secretary Theresa May has on Monday floated plans to crack down on radical Islamic groups.

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UK: EDL leader goads counter protesters as London turmoil continues

Clashes turned violent between English Defence League (EDL) protesters, counter demonstrators and police in London on Monday and led to 13 arrests, when members of a left-wing demonstration attempted to break through police lines to the far-right EDL and in particular its joint leader Kevin Carroll. Carroll taunted counter demonstrators from Unite Against Fascism (UAF), saying "All of you - it's only me and him. Where are you?"

Police attempted to keep the two separate demonstrations apart, and video footage shows them pushing UAF demonstrators as well as chasing after those who broke through their police lines. The 13 people arrested are thought to include EDL members as well as their UAF opponents. UAF organised the demonstration to oppose the EDL march attended by around 1,000 EDL members, meant to pay respects to the murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. The march went down Whitehall to Downing Street, and video footage shows some protesters doing Nazi salutes.

London has seen several protests after Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich last week, spurring anti-Islamic rhetoric especially among right-wing groups.

One police officer was treated for injuries at the scene after being hit with a bottle in Monday's clashes. The demonstrators chanted "Where's your master race?" and "Scum" while Metropolitan Police officers escorted them through London. The second EDL joint leader Tommy Robinson stood on a barrier attempting to calm the crowd down.

Lee Rigby was run down by a vehicle before allegedly being fatally attacked by two assailants with knives and meat-cleavers in full public view. The two alleged perpetrators, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adelowale, were filmed by eyewitnesses at the scene and video footage shows them holding their weapons with bloodied hands, waiting for police to arrive.

When the police arrived the alleged perpetrators attempted to confront them before being shot. One of them was reported to have been carrying a firearm in what the UK government labelled an act of domestic terrorism. Home Secretary Theresa May has on Monday floated plans to crack down on radical Islamic groups.

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