Saturday, 15 June 2013
EDL protest Ashton under Lyne 15/06/2013
Inter community tension has been the focus of much attention in Ashton under Lyne recently in the wake of an incident posted in an on-line video which shows a group of children at a bus stop being attacked by a gang armed with cricket bats.
As a direct result of the incident supporters of the English Defence League today held a protest in Ashton. This follows complaints that the media and authorities downplayed the serious nature of the incident in which eye witnesses claim a number of people were attacked including a school age girl who was reportedly punched in the face by the armed gang.
Around 250 English defence League supporters attended the town centre protest along with a number of sympathetic locals. There was also a small counter demonstration by the far left Labour Party affiliated street gang Unite Against Fascism who managed to muster less then thirty supporters which included the Deputy Leader of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Recently uncovered footage by ITV news shows one of the Woolwich beheading suspects Michael Adebolajo speaking at a UAF demonstration.
The top video shows the EDL supporters and the bottom video the counter protest by UAF.