Anti-fascists accuse EDL of exploiting soldier death

Essex County Standard: Anti-fascists accuse EDL of exploiting soldier death Anti-fascists accuse EDL of exploiting soldier death

Essex Anti-Fascists have accused the English Defence League of exploiting a soldier’s murder for political gain ahead of a march in Colchester.

The EDL will lay a wreath at the war memorial outside Upper Castle Park on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of Lee Rigby’s murder in London.

Members of the Essex Anti-Fascists are planning to attend to voice their opposition to the group.

On June 1 last year about 60 EDL members clashed with 150 protesters near the war memorial.

Full story in today's Gazette

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4:45pm Mon 19 May 14

Monkey1980 says...

Essex Anti-Patriots more like!
Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation!
Essex Anti-Patriots more like! Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation! Monkey1980
  • Score: 26

5:28pm Mon 19 May 14

angryman!!! says...

I hope the clown that did a nazi salute outside the memorial turns up, real patriot there! Go to work, both sets are just a group wanting to kick off. I'm pretty sure his parents said they don't want trouble so why do people insist on causing. Anyone there Thursday should be ashamed of themselves
I hope the clown that did a nazi salute outside the memorial turns up, real patriot there! Go to work, both sets are just a group wanting to kick off. I'm pretty sure his parents said they don't want trouble so why do people insist on causing. Anyone there Thursday should be ashamed of themselves angryman!!!
  • Score: -15

7:42pm Mon 19 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

Monkey1980 wrote:
Essex Anti-Patriots more like! Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation!
Bunch of fascist bas*ards, the lot of them!

The EDL aren't doing it for respect, they're using it to fuel their own message of hate and discrimination
[quote][p][bold]Monkey1980[/bold] wrote: Essex Anti-Patriots more like! Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation![/p][/quote]Bunch of fascist bas*ards, the lot of them! The EDL aren't doing it for respect, they're using it to fuel their own message of hate and discrimination oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -19

7:49pm Mon 19 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Anti fascists are preventing freedom of speech. Who's the fascist here?
Anti fascists are preventing freedom of speech. Who's the fascist here? Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 25

7:59pm Mon 19 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
Anti fascists are preventing freedom of speech. Who's the fascist here?
How can it be preventing Freedom of Speech (note the capitals) when the only reason the EDL want to be there is to try and gain supporters for their fascist views?

There is no respect for Lee Rigby with them, they just try to use it to their own advantage, for their own distorted views.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: Anti fascists are preventing freedom of speech. Who's the fascist here?[/p][/quote]How can it be preventing Freedom of Speech (note the capitals) when the only reason the EDL want to be there is to try and gain supporters for their fascist views? There is no respect for Lee Rigby with them, they just try to use it to their own advantage, for their own distorted views. oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -18

8:57pm Mon 19 May 14

stevedawson says...

I hope the police come down very very hard on anybody that creates unrest be it verble or physical.this is a tribute to a fallen soldier cowardly killed by the scum of this sorry earth.
I hope the police come down very very hard on anybody that creates unrest be it verble or physical.this is a tribute to a fallen soldier cowardly killed by the scum of this sorry earth. stevedawson
  • Score: 30

11:43pm Mon 19 May 14

Misty4 says...

What is it with the 'anti fascists' that they cannot allow the EDL to lay a wreath at the memorial? No, they have to wade in with their own brand of fascism to prevent it!
What is it with the 'anti fascists' that they cannot allow the EDL to lay a wreath at the memorial? No, they have to wade in with their own brand of fascism to prevent it! Misty4
  • Score: 24

11:47pm Mon 19 May 14

Misty4 says...

Monkey1980 wrote:
Essex Anti-Patriots more like!
Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation!
Yes, I agree. After all, we live in a democracy. Oh, hang on! It seems that we are only allowed parties of which the Lefties approve!
[quote][p][bold]Monkey1980[/bold] wrote: Essex Anti-Patriots more like! Let people lay a wreath for a fallen soldier...no matter their political affiliation![/p][/quote]Yes, I agree. After all, we live in a democracy. Oh, hang on! It seems that we are only allowed parties of which the Lefties approve! Misty4
  • Score: 21

8:59am Tue 20 May 14

angryman!!! says...

Because the edl Is full of in educated fools. Have you heard his family ask for a Rembrance. Have you heard the British legion ask, has his regt asked. No, no and no. Every normal decent Brit will be working. All serving soldiers will working. We will remember like we remember every other on Rembrance Sunday.
Colchester were better than this any one that protests at war memorial you are scum.
Edl = racist, fools
Anti fascist = un washed, hippies

Don't give these the advertisement they both craze
Because the edl Is full of in educated fools. Have you heard his family ask for a Rembrance. Have you heard the British legion ask, has his regt asked. No, no and no. Every normal decent Brit will be working. All serving soldiers will working. We will remember like we remember every other on Rembrance Sunday. Colchester were better than this any one that protests at war memorial you are scum. Edl = racist, fools Anti fascist = un washed, hippies Don't give these the advertisement they both craze angryman!!!
  • Score: 6

9:13am Tue 20 May 14

Sappers mum says...

Can i please pass on a request from Lee Rigbys family, Whilst the family are happy that people wish to show respect and mark the anniversary of Lees passing they do not wish any event to become a political/ race / demonstration or act of violence. I would urge anyone that wishes to give thoughts or thanks to those who have served and fallen for the sake of our freedom, do so with the dignity and pride that Lees family have all shown during what has been a most tragic and traumatic period in their lives. Thank you x
Can i please pass on a request from Lee Rigbys family, Whilst the family are happy that people wish to show respect and mark the anniversary of Lees passing they do not wish any event to become a political/ race / demonstration or act of violence. I would urge anyone that wishes to give thoughts or thanks to those who have served and fallen for the sake of our freedom, do so with the dignity and pride that Lees family have all shown during what has been a most tragic and traumatic period in their lives. Thank you x Sappers mum
  • Score: 16

10:13am Tue 20 May 14

super waluigi says...

Lee Rigby was a human. He was a son, father and brother. The passing of him is very sad, just like other tragedies. When I go past a tree that has flowers around it, indicating that there was once a road accident, I always look away and consider the emotion that other people are put under in that instance.
While I feel very sad for Lee Rigbys family, they should be allowed to grieve for their loss without any attention.
We never know what job people who die in road accidents are, nor the religion of the survivors.
Only bad and selfish people will take lee Rigbys name and use it for politics.

R.I.P
Lee Rigby was a human. He was a son, father and brother. The passing of him is very sad, just like other tragedies. When I go past a tree that has flowers around it, indicating that there was once a road accident, I always look away and consider the emotion that other people are put under in that instance. While I feel very sad for Lee Rigbys family, they should be allowed to grieve for their loss without any attention. We never know what job people who die in road accidents are, nor the religion of the survivors. Only bad and selfish people will take lee Rigbys name and use it for politics. R.I.P super waluigi
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Tue 20 May 14

Scoot says...

Wonder what would happen if the Essex Anti-Fascists didn't turn up and everyone ignored the EDL and just let them get on and lay their wreath. Probably absolutely nothing. The problem is the EDL and the EAF need to 'feed' off each other and then blame one side or the other when it kicks off.
Wonder what would happen if the Essex Anti-Fascists didn't turn up and everyone ignored the EDL and just let them get on and lay their wreath. Probably absolutely nothing. The problem is the EDL and the EAF need to 'feed' off each other and then blame one side or the other when it kicks off. Scoot
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Tue 20 May 14

romantic says...

The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation.

I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd.

Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public.
The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation. I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd. Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public. romantic
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Tue 20 May 14

Carlosfandangles says...

romantic wrote:
The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation.

I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd.

Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public.
Some of the comments on here are beyond a joke I have no particular affection for the EDL but if they are campaigning or whatever peacefully, what right does it give the UAF to obstruct them? "Take photos, get their faces onto social media" - what gives you the right to do that? If they are breaking the law, pass evidence to the police - if they are not, is that not an invasion of their privacy and incitement? Do you not see the irony that it would be by the very actions be as bad as them!
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation. I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd. Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public.[/p][/quote]Some of the comments on here are beyond a joke I have no particular affection for the EDL but if they are campaigning or whatever peacefully, what right does it give the UAF to obstruct them? "Take photos, get their faces onto social media" - what gives you the right to do that? If they are breaking the law, pass evidence to the police - if they are not, is that not an invasion of their privacy and incitement? Do you not see the irony that it would be by the very actions be as bad as them! Carlosfandangles
  • Score: 7

7:08pm Tue 20 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

There all as bad as each other ,,, idiots whom have F all better to do with there sad twisted life's ! Get a grip and move on to the 21st century apes !!!!!
There all as bad as each other ,,, idiots whom have F all better to do with there sad twisted life's ! Get a grip and move on to the 21st century apes !!!!! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Wed 21 May 14

wormshero says...

Carlosfandangles wrote:
romantic wrote:
The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation.

I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd.

Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public.
Some of the comments on here are beyond a joke I have no particular affection for the EDL but if they are campaigning or whatever peacefully, what right does it give the UAF to obstruct them? "Take photos, get their faces onto social media" - what gives you the right to do that? If they are breaking the law, pass evidence to the police - if they are not, is that not an invasion of their privacy and incitement? Do you not see the irony that it would be by the very actions be as bad as them!
I agree with you if, hypothetically, the EDL weren't hoping for fights anyway, but on a note about taking photos - it's a public place, anyone has the right to take photos as they want anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Carlosfandangles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: The EDL are cynically using the name of Lee Rigby to drum up support. Their presence in this town is not welcome. The only heartening thing last year was that there were so few of them, and it will be the same this year. The tactics of UAF last year were to occupy the war memorial, but the problem is this can only lead to confrontation. There are people on both sides of this who will actively want that confrontation. I would say let them have their minute of silence, however insincerely it is meant. Just watch them in silence. Take photos, get their faces onto social media. A few will love it, but plenty of the foot-soldiers and followers will soon melt back into the pub. Like any cowards, courageous in a crowd. Their literature and website will say they "took Colchester", but so what? The amount of support that they actually have is shown by the fact that the whole lot can fit inside the Castle pub. All the people who seem to think the EDL are wonderful chaps and showing their patriotism by latching onto the name of Lee Rigby, I hope you will have the courage of your convictions and come and give them your support, show your faces in public.[/p][/quote]Some of the comments on here are beyond a joke I have no particular affection for the EDL but if they are campaigning or whatever peacefully, what right does it give the UAF to obstruct them? "Take photos, get their faces onto social media" - what gives you the right to do that? If they are breaking the law, pass evidence to the police - if they are not, is that not an invasion of their privacy and incitement? Do you not see the irony that it would be by the very actions be as bad as them![/p][/quote]I agree with you if, hypothetically, the EDL weren't hoping for fights anyway, but on a note about taking photos - it's a public place, anyone has the right to take photos as they want anyway. wormshero
  • Score: -1

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