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Massive Demonstrations Held Following The Woolwich Attack

The English Defense League protested the “Islamification” of London while Newcastle Unites protested the English Defense League.

1. An organization called the English Defense League, or EDL, organized demonstrations in Newcastle, England, following the murder of soldier Wednesday.


Becca Nutter

@BeccaButter

Guess we’re not going out for food #newcastle #EDL #mental

2. It was estimated there were about 1,000 EDL demonstrators.


Rachel Bullock

@RBullockITV

EDL followers came from near and far.Around 1,000 in total. Some violence, police close Mosley Street @ITVtynetees

3. A spokesman for the EDL said the demonstrations were to protest against the “Islamification” of London.


Rachel Bullock

@RBullockITV

EDL leader Tommy Robinson says they’re in Newcastle to march against the “Islamification” of city @ITVtynetees

4. There were also counter demonstrations held by a group called Newcastle Unites against the EDL.


Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

@louksutcliffe Nice one! #NewcastleUnites


Bea H

@bhiggi

‘Love Newcastle Hate Racism’ photo from today’s anti-EDL march via @arleneainsley

6. Police ensured the groups were separated.

#NewcastleUnites and #EDL well separated by 4 lines of police Funnily, there's more black and brown faces this side

— Robert MacDonald (@RFMacDonald)

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

#NewcastleUnites and #EDL well separated by 4 lines of police Funnily, there’s more black and brown faces this side

Interesting scenes in Newcastle #EDL

— Harry Kaye (@harrykaye1)

Harry Kaye

@harrykaye1

Interesting scenes in Newcastle #EDL

#NewcastleUnites marching back, getting strung out. Flash points with #EDL

— Robert MacDonald (@RFMacDonald)

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

#NewcastleUnites marching back, getting strung out. Flash points with #EDL

#EDL trying to get to #NewcastleUnites by side streets near Haymarket

— Robert MacDonald (@RFMacDonald)

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

#EDL trying to get to #NewcastleUnites by side streets near Haymarket

Few #EDL stumble into #NewcastleUnites ...Beat a hasty retreat

— Robert MacDonald (@RFMacDonald)

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

Few #EDL stumble into #NewcastleUnites …Beat a hasty retreat

11. Joe, a 6-year-old who demonstrated with Newcastle Unites, just wanted the EDL to stop being nasty and get on with their own lives.

Makes sense... #NewcastleUnites #EDL

— Robert MacDonald (@RFMacDonald)

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

Makes sense… #NewcastleUnites
#EDL

12. Police said they made “a number of arrests,” but the demonstrations went “without major incident,” according to the BBC.

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