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10 April 2017 - English Defence League Rally in Birmingham

The one image that sums up Birmingham's response to EDL march
Maya Oppenheim (The Independent, 09/04/2017)

An image shared by thousands of an incensed English Defence League member head to head with an apparently calm but disdainful counter-protester has perfectly encapsulated Birmingham’s response to a march by the far-right group.

Only around 50 members of the anti-Muslim organisation turned up for a demonstration that was largely met by mild irritation and bemusement by people in the second city.

And one picture seemed to sum up the general reaction in a part of the country renowned for it multi-cultural history, the nonchalant defiance and calm amusement of the female protester in direct contrast with the visible anger and hatred on the EDL supporter's face.

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'Not Scared'
 
Birmingham EDL protest photo: Woman in viral image was 'not scared in the slightest'
Chloe Chaplain (The Evening Standard, 10/04/2017)
 
The photo of Saffiyah Khan went viral after she was snapped smiling at the leader of the far-right group, Ian Crossland, at a rally in Birmingham on Saturday.

She said she had intervened to defend a woman who had been surrounded by men after shouting “Islamaphobes” at EDL members gathered in Centenary Square.

Ms Khan said she had not planned to become involved in the rally but stepped in because "I don't like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town".

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Responses

EDL In Birmingham Shown Where To Go By Mosque And Residents
Chris York (The Huffington post UK, 08/04/2017)

The leaders of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups on Birmingham City Council had urged people to go about their business as usual during the EDL protest on Saturday.

A statement issued by the city council on behalf of party group leaders John Clancy, Robert Alden and Jon Hunt said: “The English Defence League is not welcome in Birmingham. They will never be welcome in Birmingham.

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'Best of British' Tea Party

Birmingham mosque counters EDL rally with ‘best of British’ tea party
Nicola Slawson (The Guardian, 08/04/2017)

A Birmingham mosque answered the “hatred and division” of an English Defence League rally by hosting a “best of British” tea party, as the far-right group’s demonstration passed off without a major incident.

The party at the city’s Central mosque, for which the building was decked out with union flag bunting, was open to all and organised in direct response to the EDL event in the city centre on Saturday afternoon.

The mosque’s chairman, Muhammad Afzal, said: “We are just holding this event to show EDL that Birmingham is a peaceful city and we are all united irrespective of colour, race or religion.”

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Last update April 10, 2017
Créé le April 10, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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