It also says that the EDL is going to ‘descend on Bradford’. That’s partly true. But what of those EDL who are members of the EDL Bradford Division? Are they going to descend on Bradford too? What about UAF and the SWP's Martin Smith from Hackney? Will he descend on Bradford? Weyheyman Bennett? All those other SWP who seem to be from London? And all the coaches the UAF are putting on? Of course, if you’re a Trot and support Iran’s right to nuclear weapons, and therefore its right to nuclear Jihad, then they won’t descend on Bradford, they’ll quietly float there.]
The English Defence League (EDL) has one aim—to terrorise and intimidate Bradford’s Muslim population. [Is that what they are going to do? I didn’t know that. Still, it certainly sounds dramatic and Socialist Worker, like its right-wing equivalent, the Sun, likes a bit of titillation, doesn’t it?
The UAF/SWP makes it even more explicit when it urges its followers not to rely on the police to protect Muslims and other people involved in these events. How clearly in favour of violence can an organisation be? And yet it is the EDL which gets all the flack! What a disgrace! These ‘fellow travellers’ are holding hands with their potential destroyers - and they don’t even know it. Just as the SWP is holding hands with its future destroyers – the Islamists!]
But where the EDL has been met with only limited opposition on the streets, the consequences have been dire. In Stoke at the start of the year hundreds of EDL thugs rampaged through Asian areas, smashing shops and homes. [The stories about the EDL ‘rampaging through the Asian areas’ of Stoke were simply made up by the SWP/UAF to radicalise and heat up the Muslim community. Trots are allowed to tell simple lies if it furthers radicalisation or the revolution. And that is what they did in Stoke. They did it in Bradford in 2001 when they said that ‘the NF are heading towards Manningham’ when there were only a handful of NF and they weren’t heading towards Manningham either. And they will do the very same in Bradford at the end of August. All means the SWP/UAF use are justified by the end/s. That is what makes Trotskyism, Trotskyism – unprincipled thuggery.]
Since January, counter-protests have gathered support and checked the EDL—in Bolton, Dudley, Newcastle, Cardiff and elsewhere. A massive anti-racist mobilisation in Tower Hamlets in London’s East End forced the EDL to cancel their racist rally.
Anti-racist protests serve another purpose too. They are a tangible demonstration of solidarity by anti-racists with Muslim communities under attack by the EDL. [Except that many Muslim communities are racist too... Oh, I forgot. The brown oppressed can't be racist - by Trotskyist definition!]
The EDL are calling Bradford “the Big One”. Stoke was a warning about what happens when our side doesn’t mobilise on the streets. There must be no repeat of Stoke in Bradford—a city with one of the largest Muslim populations outside London. That’s why it’s right that a “We are Bradford” event to celebrate the city’s multicultural diversity is being held in opposition to the EDL’s racist demonstration. [I was waiting for that word to arrive – ‘diversity’!] All anti-racists should campaign to make this as big as possible.