Nottingham EDL organiser poses with a gunTagged as: anti-fascism anti-racism edl english_defence_league
A recent expose of the English Defence League by Hope not Hate features a photo of James Clarke, described as Nottingham EDL Organiser, posing with a weapon. The article shows no fewer than 15 EDL members all posing with firearms, including Joel Titus, the EDL's Youth Leader. The far right have always loved guns and posing like hardmen but in the wake of the Norway massacre this takes on a more chilling aspect (not least because there were links between Anders Behring Breivik and the EDL).
After the Norway massacre, EDL leader Stephen Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) warned that the UK was only 5 years away from a similar massacre here. For a group that has always claimed to be against violent extremism the EDL is finding its own links to violent far right terrorism harder and harder to hide. The British state has decided to monitor them with the counter terror unit.
Much thought I dislike the agenda of Hope not Hate/Searchlight, which seems to be to strengthen state power against anti-state groups of the right and left (just witness their lobbying which resulted in a ban on ALL marches in 5 London boroughs for a month), they've done some good research here and it's worth checking out. We need to root out these Rambo wannabes and show them in no uncertain terms that their fascist ideology will be defeated.