Anti-Muslim Protesters Call For Retribution After London Machete Murder

The Woolwich area of South London is full of members of the English Defense League protesting law enforcement in a tense stand off over Wednesday’s violent attack.

1. The English Defense League have organized a march on the Woolwich area of South London.

3. The EDL are a far-right street protest group that focuses heavily on anti-Islamism and immigration in England.

5. The protests were brought on by the incredibly violent near-beheading that took place in Woolwich earlier Wednesday afternoon.

First bottle thrown, misses police hits photographer. #woolwich #edl

— Tweetingbanksy (@James Banks)

7. After news broke that the man who was hacked to death was a soldier, killed in what investigators are calling an act of terror possibly motivated by radical Islam, the EDL organized.

Cops look on at EDL display

— brianwhelanhack (@Brian Whelan)

EDL Chanting "whose street, our streets" Police now getting more involved. #woolwich

— Tweetingbanksy (@James Banks)

9. They quickly took to Facebook after the murder, calling on EDL members to stand up to Islam in England.

11. As EDL members protested on Woolwich, the EDL’s Facebook page was calling for people who couldn’t reach the town “take a stand” where they live.

Just taken a few comments off the EDL Facebook page. Wow

— MattDenton96 (@Matt Denton)

13. As of Wednesday night, the biggest concern for London law enforcement are EDL members and sympathizers attacking immigrants.

Police at #Woolwich trying to stop EDL members attacking immigrants.

— JamalMOsman (@Jamal Osman)

Cops surrounding square, Edl milling about spoiling for a fight, helicopter up and scene of terror attack up road

— brianwhelanhack (@Brian Whelan)

15. Londoners tweeting from the protest describe a tense stand off between masked EDL members and law enforcement.

Police seem to have the EDL at arms length. Game of Cat and Mouse here in Woolwich.

— Tweetingbanksy (@James Banks)

Police restore order, Edl still wearing balaclavas but not throwing stones anymore

— brianwhelanhack (@Brian Whelan)

17. Footage taken of law enforcement rushing protestors in the street.

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