Saturday, 25 February 2012
BNP and EDL protests in Hyde
Today saw two separate protests in Hyde, both focused on believed problems being caused in the locality by elements of the Muslim community.
The first protest was held by the British National Party and this protest involved a visit from BNP leader and North West MEP Nick Griffin.
The second and larger protest of the two was held by the English Defence League.
I mingled with the crowd and took a few photographs and canvassed opinions from locals in attendance. The general message from the people I had the chance to speak with was that they believed members of the Muslim community who commit crimes are not dealt with in an appropriate way by the police. The perception from two leather clad members of the Stalybridge Motorcycle Club appeared to be that the police allow Muslims to get away with offences that anyone else would be prosecuted for.
I didn’t see any trouble and as far as I know there no arrests.
The question is; does the local Muslim community get treated with kid gloves by the authorities or is this belief unfounded and unjustified?
Local Asians gather to oppose the BNP & EDL