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English Defence League leder og grunnlegger Tommy Robinson har tatt avskjed med organisasjonen og sier han er bekymret over faren fra ekstreme høyrekrefter.

Tommy Robinson sier han vil fortsette å bekjempe islamisme, men foretrekker demokratiske virkemidler fremfor vold. 

I et intervju med BBC Radio 5 Nicky Campbell idag forklarer han:

«I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.

When some moron lifts up his top and he’s got the picture of a mosque saying ‘boom’ and it’s all over the national newspapers, it’s me, it’s when I pick up my kids from school the parents are looking at me, judging me on that.

And that’s not what I’ve stood for and my decision to do this is to be true to what I stand for. And whilst I want to lead the revolution against Islamist ideology, I don’t want to lead the revolution against Muslims.

I believe that the revolution needs to come from within the Islamic community and they need to stand up. And I believe this is a step forward not a step back.»

Den andre lederen i EDL, Kevin Carroll, har også bestemt seg for å kaste inn håndkleet.

Mohammed Shafiq, lederen for den muslimske ungdomsorganisasjonen The Ramadhan Foundation, er imidlertid ikke imponert:

«I met Tommy Robinson last week and during that meeting he indicated that he was leaving the EDL because he couldn’t control the extremist group, impact on his family and wider legal cases he faces.

At no stage did he reject his previous disgusting attacks on Islam and Muslims or apologise to the British people for the millions wasted policing their protests.

I cannot take Tommy Robinson or Kevin Carroll’s announcement seriously until they reject their fascist views on Islam and Muslims and would caution other organisations celebrating this announcement as a massive personal achievement.»

Til lørdag er det planlagt en EDL demonstrasjon i den innvandrertunge byen Bradford. Her var det  store gatekamper i 2001 hvor mer enn 300 politimenn ble skadd. Fra EDLs Facebookside (som nå har mer enn 161.000 «likes») har 977 meldt sin interesse for lørdagens demonstrasjon. Det er uklart om denne demonstrasjonen vil finne sted nå som de to EDL lederne har trukket seg. Hva som er sikkert er at motstanden mot islamisme i Storbritannia er økende og nå står den største gruppen uten en leder som kontinuerlig har formanet til ro og ikke-voldelige demonstrasjoner. 

 BBC  The Independent