The Hope Not Hate blog has a summary:
It was frustrating because 800-1,000 EDL came into Bradford acted appallingly and largely got away with it. They chanted disgusting anti-Muslim abuse, threw bottles and other missiles whenever they could, repeatedly attacked the police lines and then, when a group did break out, were able to run around the city without being picked up. The police were soft on the EDL and this only encouraged them to get even more rowdy and obnoxious.
The police failed to push back the EDL at the beginning so they were able to goad locals from across the road. Police dogs and horses were deployed in numbers but every single one of them were pointing at local people, something that only antagonised locals.
The day was however at the same time pleasing in that despite the EDL provocation the day appears to have passed off relatively peacefully. Certainly there was no repeat of the riots that rocked Bradford in 2001. From that point of view the day was a success. Despite provocation and considerable anger the locals didn’t rise to the EDL bait and everyone remain calm, or at least as calm as could have been expected in the circumstances.
The Telegraph quotes Assam Ali, a 17-year-old A level student from the town, said: “I just hope it doesn’t kick off. That’s not what Bradford needs because it will just lead to more racism and more police on the streets, like it did after 2001. We don’t want this to turn to chaos.”
EDL predicted 5,000 people at the demo – less than a thousand turned up. Even the Daily Mail pictures make them look like “far-right” thugs.
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