Massive Demonstrations Held Following The Woolwich Attack

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

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

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

Becca Nutter

@BeccaButter

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

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

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

Rachel Bullock

@RBullockITV

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

A spokesman for the EDL said the demonstrations were to protest against the "Islamification" of London.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson says they're in Newcastle to march against the "Islamification" of city @ITVtynetees

Rachel Bullock

@RBullockITV

EDL leader Tommy Robinson says they're in Newcastle to march against the "Islamification" of city @ITVtynetees

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

@louksutcliffe Nice one! #NewcastleUnites

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

@louksutcliffe Nice one!

#NewcastleUnites

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

Bea H

@bhiggi

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

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

#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

Interesting scenes in Newcastle #EDL

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

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

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

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

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

Few #EDL stumble into #NewcastleUnites

...Beat a hasty retreat

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.

Robert MacDonald

@RFMacDonald

Makes sense...

#NewcastleUnites

#EDL

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

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