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17 Creative Ways To Mock The EDL

Following the English Defence League’s Bank Holiday demonstrations in London and Newcastle…

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EDL supporters demonstrate at the entrance to Downing Street, May 27.

1. Organise a counter-demonstration.

Weyman Bennett (pictured) of Unite Against Fascism told the EDL supporters gathered at Westminster: “We are the majority - you will fail like the the NF and the BNP.”

2. Invite them round for tea.

3. Politely urge them to look again at their choice of meeting place.

That awkward moment when you realise your EDL rally is meeting up in a gay bar:

— Tom Phillips (@flashboy)

Tom Phillips

@flashboy

That awkward moment when you realise your EDL rally is meeting up in a gay bar:

4. Deliberately get them mixed up with EDF Energy.

the edf descend on woolwich

— andrew hill (@andrewhill8)

andrew hill

@andrewhill8

the edf descend on woolwich

5. But be sure to clear up any genuine misconceptions.

6. Subtly disrupt their plans.

In case you didn’t get the prank: E20 didn’t exist at the time (pre-Olympics) this was posted. It was the fictional London postal district in EastEnders.

7. Point out the tiny, but significant, flaws in their tattoos.

8. (Their banners could do with a bit of work, too).

Jonathan Andrews / Via Flickr: jonoortrev

Photo by Jonathan Andrews.

9. Engage them in intellectual debate.

10. Give smart-arse responses to their questions.

11. Create an amusing hashtag.

13. Pick them up on factual errors.

14. Whatever they do, do the opposite.

A JustGiving page set up by Rich David.

15. Turn their interviews into a vocoder-heavy pop song.

16. Invoke local pride.

My message for the #EDL march in Newcastle today! I'm the sure the city will do us proud!

— Le stonér (@stoner__8)

Le stonér

@stoner__8

My message for the #EDL march in Newcastle today! I’m the sure the city will do us proud!

But the most effective way to mock the EDL?

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17. Let their words, and actions, speak for themselves.

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Luke Lewis is the Executive Editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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