Blog Archives

The Irish face of the English Defence League (EDL)


THIS is the controversial Luton Irishman behind the far right English Defence League who have been protesting against ethnic groups on Britain’s streets in the aftermath of last month’s Woolwich terrorist attack in London.

                               Stephen Lennon – aka Tommy Robinson

Founder Stephen Lennon has mobilised EDL members in violent anti-Islamic protests across the country, which has seen mosques and Muslim communities targeted, in the two weeks since Soldier Lee Rigby was killed.

Lennon had taken to Twitter to threaten to take on ‘plastic paddies’ at Wembley’s England verses Ireland football friendly last Wednesday.

However, the threat was not followed through.

Lennon, who goes by the name Tommy Robinson, was born to a Dublin mother and Scottish father in Luton, where he formed the extremist group in 2009.

Although he classes himself as an Englishman, he has publicly claimed to be ‘proud’ of his Irish heritage, but messages on his Twitter feed reveal the opposite.

Posts found on Lennon’s social networking account, show the second-generation Irishman regularly refutes his heritage and abuses those who claim he is Irish.

He has also posted a string of anti-Irish slurs and remarks.

In one message he claims his parents would be “in Ireland picking potatoes and eating cabbages”, if they hadn’t moved to England.

Elsewhere those tweeting him are branded ‘fools’ and ‘wronguns’ for claiming he is Irish.

Another post is used to inform his followers that “cos of all this abuse from plastic paddys we are taking a tidy mob to England Ireland on 29th.”

More than 1,500 EDL supporters marched through central London and protested at Downing Street last Monday.

The group congregated in Trafalgar Square before marching to Westminster and descending on a ‘Support our Troops’ demonstration being held in response to the Woolwich killing.

Thirsty-year-old Lennon, who co-founded the EDL in Luton with fellow second generation Irishman Kevin O’Carroll – whose parents also hail from Dublin – was among a masked group of EDL members in Woolwich two weeks ago on the night after Drummer Rigby’s death.

That protest saw violent clashes with police as more than a hundred EDL members hurled bottles and anti-Muslim abuse while demonstrating close to the scene of the attack.

Violence erupted as mosques were attacked and police attempted to control the scene, where EDL members chanted “no surrender to Muslim scum’ and ‘rule Britannia’.

The following Saturday the group led a similar protest in Newcastle, before returning to London last Monday (May 27) for the Downing Street demo.

When contacted by The Irish Post the EDL failed to respond.

The EDL protests have increased fears of far right reprisals upon the Muslim community in Britain.

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was among politicians and anti-fascist supporters who took a stand against the EDL last week.

He called for British citizens of all communities to condemn their violent protests and unite against fascist movements who may seek to capitalise on fears surrounding the Woolwich killing.

“There will be those who will seek to scapegoat entire communities for this barbaric act,” said Mr Livingstone, Honorary President of United against Fascism group.

“This is what terrorists want, and rely on. For people to feel fear, to turn on each other and to bring down the very essence of London, the most successful melting pot in the history of the world and the city of the free.”

He added: “Already, violent fascists have taken to the streets in Woolwich adding insult to the injury that community is feeling. Already there have been reprisal attacks against Mosques. We must not let this violent minority exploit this crime for their own hateful gains.”

via Revealed: The Irish face of the English Defence League (EDL).

Jesus and Mo


* EDL= English defense league

Churchill

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism (Islam) lays on its votaries (devoted followers)! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia (rabies) in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome”.

via Jesus and Mo.

via Jesus and Mo.

90 +Wines in dublin

With a critical score of 90 points+

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

OLD HOLLYWOOD IN COLOR

...because it was never black & white

LEANNE COLE

Trying to live a creative life

CURNBLOG

Movies, thoughts, thoughts about movies.

FilmBunker

Saving you from one cinematic disaster at a time.

From 1 Blogger 2 Another

Sharing Great Blog Posts

Wonders in the Dark

Cinema, music, opera, books, television, theater

Just Reviews

Just another WordPress.com site

Mark David Welsh

Feeding Soda Pop to the Thirsty Pigs since 2013

conradbrunstrom

Things I never thunk before.

News from the San Diego Becks

The life and times of Erik, Veronica and Thomas

The Silent Film Quarterly

The Only Magazine Dedicated To Silent Cinema

Leaden Circles

First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.

My Archives

because the internet is not forever

CineSocialUK

Up to the minute, fair, balanced, informed film reviews.

PUZZLED PAGAN PRESENTS

A Shrine to Pop Culture Obsessiveness. With Lots of Spoilers

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be” – Peter DeVries

thedullwoodexperiment

Viewing movies in a different light

Twenty Four Frames

Notes on Film by John Greco

Suzanne's Mom's Blog

Arts, Nature, Good Works, Luna & Stella Lockets & Birthstones

It Doesn't Have To Be Right...

... it just has to sound plausible

Rich Green Photography

The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

arwenaragornstar

A French girl's musings...

Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)

Australian movie blog - like Margaret and David, just a little younger

Octopus Films

A place for new perspectives on films, TV, media and entertainment.

scifist 2.0

A sci-fi movie history in reviews

The Reviewer's Corner

The Sometimes Serious Corner of the Internet for Anime, Manga, and Comic related things

First Impressions

Notes on Films and Culture

1,001 Movies Reviewed Before You Die

Where I Review One of the 1,001 Movies You Should Watch Before you Die Every Day

Movies Galore of Milwaukee

Movie Galore takes a look at Silent films on up to current in development projects and gives their own opinion on what really does happen in film!

The Catwing Has Landed

A Writer's Blog About Life and Random Things

Gabriel Diego Valdez

Movies and how they change you.

The Horror Incorporated Project

Lurking among the corpses are the body snatchers....plotting their next venture into the graveyard....the blood in your veins will run cold, your spine tingle, as you look into the terror of death in tonight's feature....come along with me into the chamber of horrors, for an excursion through.... Horror Incorporated!

Relatos desde mi ventana

Sentimientos, emociones y reflexiones

Teri again

Finding Me; A site about my life before and after a divorce

unveiled rhythms

Life In Verses

Gareth Roberts

Unorthodox Marketing & Strategy

leeg schrift

Taalarmen

100 Films in a Year

12 months. 100 films. Hopefully.

%d bloggers like this: