"We are not racist" say the EDL members to cover their ass. No, of course they aren't I guess the video footage of EDL members chanting "burn a mosque" or doing the hitlerian salute are fakes. They are not racist.
So, if I get it right and from what we gathered today from tha various interviews and from what we witnessed, the EDL stands against muslim extremists and the shariah law, they protect the british values because they love their country and they are proud of it. They are in no case racist well, some of the members are but they are a minority (that's what the team leader told us), they are multi racial, and they have members of many faiths.
Yet, I have a hard time believing this.
Standing against extremism is one thing, saying it because you are racist and you just don't want to bring this image on you is another. Yeah, don't deny it, many protesters today wore facemasks and scarves over their faces to hide. There is some footage of today's demo of the EDL chanting racist slogans, you'll find them on youtube, I didn't invent them.
Ok, the EDL wants to protect british values. But did they think of that when they threw (or should I write through so they will understand my writing) their firecrackers, fireworks and smokebombs at the public? There were families shopping in the streets. Families with children. Before protecting the values, shouldn't they be protecting their country's citizen first?
And if the EDL loves their country so much, why is it they allow this:
If you love a country so much, don't just trash it.
So there we were in the morning, us university journalists, preparing for our story (which our lecturers strongly recommended not to), on this cold saturday morning. We did a couple of interviews, the EDL protesters arrived. If you didn't know what was happening, you'd think there were a bunch of drunken hooligans because drinking they were, and not just one pint, several.
And if you saw their banners, you'd say they're a bunch of illiterate drunken hooligans. They marched for ten minutes and stopped in the town center in front of the museum. They shouted a bit (they shout E, E, EDL because that's easy to remember and there is no chance they'll misspell it), threw explosives (fireworks, firecrackers and such but explosives nonetheless) at the people in the street which resulted of the police pushing people off the streets.
This happened on the main street. Shopkeepers told us they lost up to 95% of their profits today because of the EDL. Again, if you're gonna protect your country, you might consider the fact doing a protest on a saturday before christmas is gonna make some of your own people angry (yeah, muslims don't celebrate christmas in case you didn't know).
And some protesters must have got lost because we saw the peace flag, the american flag and the Israeli flag waven as well.
And when they finally left, they left the place completely trashed and frankly, the whole town stank of alcohol. Nice one. No really, I must say, I admire the EDL. I can people take themselves so seriously when most of their members are drunken illiterate hooligans?
EDL = FAIL
Let's just hope I don't end on redwatch now.