English Defence League “Finished” After Woeful Turnout in Exeter

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Is low turnout in Exeter for EDL a sign of decline? PIC: Reuters

The demise of the English Defence League (EDL) was being predicted after a march by the far-right group in Exeter drew only 200 people.

A counter-demonstration against the EDL being in the city was attended by four times as many people.

The low turnout was heralded as a sign that a terminal decline of the anti-Islam group is underway.

Ahead of the march, new chairman Tim Ablitt told IBTimes UK the event in Exeter would show how well the EDL was adapting to life following the resignation of founder and leader Tommy Robinson (real name Steven Yaxley Lennon).

But that was not the message from last weekend.

The small attendance was taken by EDL watchers to signal the end of a bounce in popularity experienced by the street protest group in the wake of Army drummer Lee…

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There are many fascist groups operating in Britain, but the biggest threat comes from the British National Party who in recent years have done their utmost to hide their fascist politics beneath a thin veneer of respectability. Bristol Anti-Fascist Cooperative oppose all fascist activity, but destroying the BNP and EDL is our current priority. Their presence on the political landscape pushes the wider political agenda to the right to the cost of working class people. Bristol has long been a haven of working class organisation and anti-fascist sentiment. In recent years, however, there has been a marked increase in organised fascist activity. We exist to oppose and beat back this rise in fascism as well as to act in solidarity with other anti-fascist movements locally, nationally and internationally.
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