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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.


Joel Weston

@weston_joel

Do the EDL not realise that by marching through woolwich, they’re stopping police from protecting us…?


Hussain Ahmed

@iamHussainAhmed

Line of police blocking #Greenwich mosque from #EDL via @ebadurrahman1

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


Rose Hughes (Gretton

@RoseSkyNews

EDL gathering at pub in woolwich. Riot police on site


Alistair Bunkall

@AliBunkallSKY

EDL gathering in Woolwich tonight

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


Alistair Bunkall

@AliBunkallSKY

More EDL. Some now in balaclavas:

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

— Tweetingbanksy (@James Banks)

James Banks

@Tweetingbanksy

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

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)

Brian Whelan

@brianwhelanhack

Cops look on at EDL display

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

— Tweetingbanksy (@James Banks)

James Banks

@Tweetingbanksy

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

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)

Matt Denton

@MattDenton96

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

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)

Jamal Osman

@JamalMOsman

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

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

— brianwhelanhack (@Brian Whelan)

Brian Whelan

@brianwhelanhack

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

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)

James Banks

@Tweetingbanksy

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

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

— brianwhelanhack (@Brian Whelan)

Brian Whelan

@brianwhelanhack

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

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

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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