Not the best showing for anti-fascism yesterday in Birmingham, a couple of dozen autonomous anti-fascists actually made the effort to confront the EDL at their muster pub. Meanwhile the UAF rally ¾ of a mile away attracted a mere two hundred.
SchNEWS spoke to one of those who confronted them “They'd been shut in the pub for three hours and were completely pissed, really drunk and baying for blood. It was when they got the pig's heads out we made our move – we were massively outnumbered but that was a step too far.” After scuffles the two groups were separated by cops in public order gear.
With that said the EDL rally attracted around a 1000 – certainly a huge jump from their disastrous outings to Cambridge or Walthamstow and indicative of how they've benefitted from the Lee Rigby bounce but nowhere near what their leadership was hoping for.
The fash didn't fare so well in Liverpool however where a mission of a number of the EDLs splinter groups to disrupt an Irish republican march descended into farce as twelve of them were nicked for offences ranging from racially aggravated abuse to possession of cocaine – party on dudes!
The EDLs next outing is to be a return to Tower Hamlets – at the moment scheduled for September 7th.
For full article with links - http://www.schnews.org.uk/stories/Yo,ho,ho-and-a-Battle-of-Brum/ or https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2013/07/511462.html