The English Defence League By James Elsey
Their Mission: <ul><li>(1) HUMAN RIGHTS: Protecting And Promoting Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>(2) D...
History <ul><li>The EDL originated from a group known as the &quot;United Peoples of Luton&quot;, which itself was formed ...
Specifics... <ul><li>The EDL is primarily a promotional pressure group, although it has traits of a sectional pressure gro...
Functions <ul><li>  EDL raises publicity for their view that English culture is being eroded by Islamic fundamentalism and...
Democratic? <ul><li>The EDL is headed by  Stephen Yaxley Lennon and is very informal group, therefore it cannot be conside...
Methods <ul><li>The EDL’s primary method is through demonstrations and counter-demonstrations: </li></ul><ul><li>23 Januar...
Latest controversy between the EDL and the poppy burners
<ul><li>An EDL member </li></ul>
<ul><li>EDL protest April 2010 in Dudley </li></ul>
 
Success? <ul><li>The EDL have grown very quickly in an extremely short period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Very high profile ...
Future? <ul><li>Vast increase in members but growing backlash </li></ul><ul><li>Overlap between EDL and BNP </li></ul><ul>...
 
 
 
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  1. 1. The English Defence League By James Elsey
  2. 2. Their Mission: <ul><li>(1) HUMAN RIGHTS: Protecting And Promoting Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>(2) DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW: Promoting Democracy And The Rule Of Law By Opposing Sharia </li></ul><ul><li>(3) PUBLIC EDUCATION: Ensuring That The Public Get A Balanced Picture Of Islam </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>(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 </li></ul><ul><li>  (5) INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK: Working In Solidarity With Others Around The World   </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>The EDL originated from a group known as the &quot;United Peoples of Luton&quot;, 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 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly recent establishment </li></ul><ul><li>Growing support and setting up chapters very rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>27 June 2009 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Specifics... <ul><li>The EDL is primarily a promotional pressure group, although it has traits of a sectional pressure group. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Outsider pressure group: </li></ul><ul><li>Has a history of clashes with law enforcement </li></ul>
  5. 5. Functions <ul><li>  EDL raises publicity for their view that English culture is being eroded by Islamic fundamentalism and English nationalism should be preserved </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers are unclear due to the informal nature of their group, but current estimates place them at a few thousand active members nationwide </li></ul>
  6. 6. Democratic? <ul><li>The EDL is headed by Stephen Yaxley Lennon and is very informal group, therefore it cannot be considered as democratic. </li></ul><ul><li>The group has yet to challenge the government on any significant democratic issues, instead concerntrating on its main objective of counter demonstration. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Methods <ul><li>The EDL’s primary method is through demonstrations and counter-demonstrations: </li></ul><ul><li>23 January 2010 in Stoke-on-Trent </li></ul><ul><li>Broke through police lines </li></ul><ul><li>17 arrests made </li></ul><ul><li>29 May 2010 in Newcastle </li></ul><ul><li>Between 1500 and 2000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Little violence and no arrests </li></ul>
  8. 8. Latest controversy between the EDL and the poppy burners
  9. 9. <ul><li>An EDL member </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>EDL protest April 2010 in Dudley </li></ul>
  11. 12. Success? <ul><li>The EDL have grown very quickly in an extremely short period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Very high profile and controversial- gained a lot of media attention </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity is largely negative, so public opinion is very polarised </li></ul><ul><li>Usually regarded as far-right and often compared to Nazis </li></ul>
  12. 13. Future? <ul><li>Vast increase in members but growing backlash </li></ul><ul><li>Overlap between EDL and BNP </li></ul><ul><li>Could evolve into a political party, and if so, would likely tone down its tactics </li></ul>
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