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The english defence_league

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    • The English Defence League By James Elsey
    • Their Mission:
      • (1) HUMAN RIGHTS: Protecting And Promoting Human Rights
      • (2) DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW: Promoting Democracy And The Rule Of Law By Opposing Sharia
      • (3) PUBLIC EDUCATION: Ensuring That The Public Get A Balanced Picture Of Islam
      • (4) RESPECTING TRADITION: Promoting The Traditions And Culture Of England While At The Same Time Being Open To Embrace The Best That Other Cultures Can Offer
      •   (5) INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK: Working In Solidarity With Others Around The World  
    • History
      • The EDL originated from a group known as the "United Peoples of Luton", which itself was formed in response to a March 2009 protest against Royal Anglian Regiment troops returning from the Afghan War organised by the Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun and including members of the group Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah
      • Fairly recent establishment
      • Growing support and setting up chapters very rapidly
      • 27 June 2009
    • Specifics...
      • The EDL is primarily a promotional pressure group, although it has traits of a sectional pressure group.
      • Outsider pressure group:
      • Has a history of clashes with law enforcement
    • Functions
      •   EDL raises publicity for their view that English culture is being eroded by Islamic fundamentalism and English nationalism should be preserved
      • The EDL’s most notable function is its campaign of “counter protests,” which the movement arose from, in reaction to Islamic protests of British soldiers returning from Afghanistan in March 2009
      • Numbers are unclear due to the informal nature of their group, but current estimates place them at a few thousand active members nationwide
    • Democratic?
      • The EDL is headed by Stephen Yaxley Lennon and is very informal group, therefore it cannot be considered as democratic.
      • The group has yet to challenge the government on any significant democratic issues, instead concerntrating on its main objective of counter demonstration.
    • Methods
      • The EDL’s primary method is through demonstrations and counter-demonstrations:
      • 23 January 2010 in Stoke-on-Trent
      • Broke through police lines
      • 17 arrests made
      • 29 May 2010 in Newcastle
      • Between 1500 and 2000 members
      • Little violence and no arrests
    • Latest controversy between the EDL and the poppy burners
      • An EDL member
      • EDL protest April 2010 in Dudley
    • Success?
      • The EDL have grown very quickly in an extremely short period of time
      • Very high profile and controversial- gained a lot of media attention
      • Publicity is largely negative, so public opinion is very polarised
      • Usually regarded as far-right and often compared to Nazis
    • Future?
      • Vast increase in members but growing backlash
      • Overlap between EDL and BNP
      • Could evolve into a political party, and if so, would likely tone down its tactics