Laidieez an Genlemen (that's phonetic Cockney, not poor spelling), dear gentle readers, may I present....
Dah, dah, daaaa . . .
The facebook page of the Muslim Defence League.
Regular readers will recall that on 18th April, on the stroke of noon in the UK Facebook liquidated the pages and individual accounts of numerous group and the individuals associated with them that 'they' considered dangerous and undesirable. Among them were every EDL page that ever existed, every individual who had ever had any role with any page, any person who was known to have worked in a positive sense with Tommy Robinson either before or since he left the EDL; it was a wide net and I went down among some good, brave and committed people.
To quote the Guardian
The ban ... extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: posts and other content that “expresses praise or support” for them will also be banned, as will users who coordinate support for the groups.
Tommy Robinson was visiting Manchester yesterday. One of his stops was the Limeside estate, Hollinwood ward, Oldham. It's a white working class majority area, not a prosperous one, but according to Oldham Council's own literature a place with "real sense of positive community spirit, where residents are always looking out for each other". I heard that many residents were either in London for the Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford or were in the City centre watching on one of the large screens.
The Muslim Defence League turned up, directed, so I am told, as to where to go by the police. They had planned this in advance as they took the trouble to ensure that a (white, very pallid to be honest) 'Legal Observer' accompanied them, just in case the police had the temerity to arrest one of other of them as they damaged police cars and terrorised inhabitants.
Last night I posted pictures from mainstream newspapers, local and national, showing a gang of young men aged late teens/early 20s, of Asian apearance, some in Islamic dress, others masked in hoods scarves and balaklavas, hurling missiles while shouting a mix of Islamic (Allah Akbar) and left-wing (Nazi scum off our streets) warcries.
Today the Muslim Defence League on their FB page are boasting and accepting praise abouttheir actions yesterday, alleging that the estate was "was armed with glass bottles and bricks beforehand...loads of residents in that area.. who i saw were racist and islamophobes to F&&k! No Wonder he (Tommy) went to that area."
I was trying to screenshot a series of comments on this thread, threatening violence if any supporters of Tommy came to Bradford but they wouldn't all re-open, and while I was waiting they were deleted. Because my next point was to ask why are these threats allowed to stay, first by the moderators, and then if not removed by the moderators by Facebook themselves. But thankfully they have been removed, which as the MDL are now encouraging their supporters to report posts THEY don't like, is only fair.
I know people given a 30 day FB ban for merely posting a portrait photograph of Tommy with some polite encouraging words.
I am in no doubt that the violence of the MDL on an English housing estate yesterday evening, and their interest in the earlier afternoon event was pre-meditated and part of a campaign of intimidation and expansion.
A companion shot to the one used by the Daily Mail yesterday - they should be easily identified - given the political will.
And giving the tawhid one finger, the indivisible oneness, signifying power and victory, currently symbolic of Islamic State. That anorak, with what I thought earlier was ear cones but now see are eye holes, should be easily identifiable.
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