Category: EDL News Published on Monday, 27 August 2012 14:03 Written by John Jones Hits: 853
Plans to hold a flash demonstration outside of the controversial ‘Discover Islam’ centre at the end of August have been cancelled.
We had planned to hold a demonstration that would highlight the centre’s continued links to Islamic extremists, but have now reconsidered our approach. Anyone planning to attend the demonstration is asked to cancel their plans.
Hopefully this should not cause anyone too much inconvenience as our intentions were not communicated to many people outside of Luton
The reason for our decision is that we have been contacted by an organisation called ‘The Non Violence Alliance’ who have argued, quite convincingly, that our efforts would be better spent on activities less likely to result in needless confrontation.
Given the biased media coverage that we are used to experiencing, we know that even if our demonstration was physically attacked (for simply highlighting the presence of Islamic extremism), large sections of the press would still do all they could to blame the EDL.
The issues that we wish to highlight are most certainly important, but we no longer believe that demonstrations outside of the ‘Discover Islam’ centre will have the desired effect.
Instead, we are devising a new approach which will be communicated as soon as we are able.
The chairman of the Non Violence Alliance, Lenos Wilson Tnva, is a well-respected member of the West Indian Community and we are grateful for any advice that he is able to provide concerning the additional measures that we can take to both safeguard our future demonstrations from violent ‘counter protestors’ and to ensure that no one who is looking for trouble is attracted to the EDL.
Our stewarding team, our regional organisers and our division leaders already do a great job of sounding-out potential trouble makers, but any further suggestions are always appreciated, especially given the fact that the media’s misrepresentation of the EDL has done a great deal to promote our movement to various undesirables.
We have long maintained our commitment to peaceful protest, and this announcement should not be taken to mean that we have in any way decided to change the direction taken by the EDL.
Luton is still regarded as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, and we will not cease to do all we can to raise awareness of this problem and to confront Islamic extremists.