English Defence League fikk en kjennelse mot seg, om ikke å gå inn i Tower Hamlets. De ble holdt ute av 3.000 politi, likevel var det en hard gruppe som forsøkte lørdag.
Det er ikke umiddelbart lett å forstå hvorfor EDL skal marsjere gjennom Tower Hamlets, hvor muslimer er i overveldende flertall. Kopierer de Orangeordenen i Nord-Irland, som holder parademarsjer gjennom katolske områder?
About 150 counterprotesters were arrested after a group broke away and headed toward the Tower Bridge, where the march was to end, a police spokesman said.
He said 14 others, mainly from the English Defence League, were arrested for violent disorder and possession of knives and fireworks, and one man for inciting others to break the conditions set for the protest.
The organization said on its Twitter account that the group’s leader, Tommy Robinson, had been arrested “for incitement.”
Despite the number of arrests, the police spokesman said there were no serious clashes. “The police presence did manage to keep the two groups apart,” he said.