Weitere Angriffe von EDL & Co. auf Linke
Posted by entdinglichung - 14. Juni 2012
aus dem Artikel EDL and Casuals move to smaller-scale, more violent attacks von Ketlan Oslowski auf der Webseite von Searchlight:
This seems to have been the beginning of a disturbing trend where small and less-defendable targets are chosen either as a diversion from a larger event or as a target in itself. The Jubilee weekend saw at least two attacks by Infidels or Casuals (both more violent offshoots of the EDL) and past weeks have seen attacks on people selling the Socialist Worker newspaper, folk running pro-Palestine stalls and, on one occasion last week, even saw an anti-royal protestor set on fire.
Following the Rochdale piss-up and firework-throwing frenzy, a bunch of people from the EDL made their way to Hebden Bridge, a tiny town in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, which is some 14 miles from Rochdale. Hebden Bridge’s only real claim to fame is that it has become something of a hippy enclave over the past few years – a bit like Brighton but with less political activism.
For some reason, around thirty EDL louts, male and female, parked themselves outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub and began shouting anti-Muslim abuse. Curious, because as far as anyone local knows, there are no Muslims in Hebden Bridge and certainly no mosques, with or without a ‚radical‘ cleric.
According to a report posted on Indymedia, when confronted by local anti-fascists the EDL became aggressive, with one supporter punching an anti-fascist and receiving a caution from the useless local police.
Locals saw this as an attack on anti-fascists rather than any kind of opposition to radical Islam particularly as the anti-fascists were constantly verbally abused from the moment they arrived, and referred to as ‚traitors‘, a favourite insult of everyone on the far-right towards anyone they perceive as slightly to the left of Genghis Khan.
At the same time as this was going on, a group of EDL activists also attacked a Socialist Worker stall in Nottingham, hurling abuse at the SWP and throwing bottles at them until the police moved them on.
With ever-dwindling numbers demoralising the thugs on the streets, it’s my belief that the organisers of the EDL and its allied groups are being led into attacking smaller and easier targets, thus requiring smaller groups which can be gathered together quickly and quietly – what the EDL refers to as flash-mobs. The police find these more difficult to handle as they can appear, do some damage, then race off to the nearest pub or hop on the next train home.