Background to the English Defence League demonstration in Birmingham
The English Defence League was invited to Birmingham by its West Midlands members to highlight the local Islamic influences that motivated the Westminster jihadist, Khalid Masood. But Masood is not the only jihadist from Birmingham. There has been Britain’s first Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist, Moinul Abedin in 2002, followed by Parviz Khan, Irfan Khalid, Zakaria Boufassil and Mohamed Ali Ahmed. And now Khalid Masood, who lived on the edge of Sparkbrook.
The English Defence League was also determined to continue its campaigning in support of the English girls who have been the victims of Muslim rapists and abusers in over 50 English towns and cities. Our campaigning has taken two angles almost no one else will dare touch: the cover up of the child sexual abuse by the Muslim community and the urgent need to focus on prevention – preventing Muslim men from ever seeing kuffar English girls as their “easy meat”.
The parties protesting against the EDL demonstration
With an agenda like that, we expected Muslim opposition. They have shown us they will use any tactics they can to prevent these two “taboo” topics being aired in public.
Our Birmingham demonstration was no exception. At one end of town the Muslim establishment used the smarmy tactic of inviting citizens in for a “nice cup of tea” – a ploy we often see when we are getting near a delicate nerve.
At the other end of town, Muslim protesters came to disrupt our speeches, to prevent our words from being heard by those Birmingham citizens who wanted to hear what we were on about. The Muslim protesters were not alone. They were supported by leftist radicals whose specialty is disruption. These radicals are largely associated with Unite against Fascism, Hope not Hate, Antifa and local wannabe union oligarchs and apparatchiks. There may have been a few luvvies.
Our understanding is that Saffiyah Khan did not attend the “nice cup of tea” event, but came up from London specifically to participate in the disruption, the silencing of our protest against Islamic terrorism and Muslim child groomers and sexual abusers. She also had the option, as did her co-disruptors, of attending a separate gathering away from our demo which would have reflected her ideological positions. But it was too much for her, and the many others, to allow us our right to speak to the citizens of Birmingham.
The critical point in the EDL demonstration
Part way through the EDL speeches, one speaker called for a minute’s silence to pay respects to the victims of the Westminster jihadist. And part way through that silence a disruptive cry went up from the crowd opposing us. Our token of respect had been shattered and this offended our foot soldiers, some of whom, hearing the victims of the Westminster attack being deliberately insulted, went up to the disruptors to express their annoyance.
An exchange of insults ensued and the disruption continued for longer than the EDL leaders could tolerate, so one of our leaders, Ian Crossland, went up to the confrontation to urge our people to return to hear our remaining speakers. Crossland spoke to a number of people, most of them from the EDL, but he also spoke with a small number of disruptors. It was in this process that the photograph of the long-time Antifa activist was taken.
There were other photographs and videos taken at the time. The RT/Ruptly video shows Ms Khan being ejected from the disruptors by police and another shows her being led away, a police officer holding each arm.
Ms Khan has provided the celebrity the media were thirsty for: a heroine of freedom and tolerance to stand, paradoxically, for an ideology that despises freedom and explicitly condemns tolerance. The photograph has enabled the media and social media to weave a story around Ms Khan that enables them to ignore the victims of terrorism and grooming gangs and feel good about their wilful ignorance. There is no mention of Ms Khan’s support since at least 2014 for anti-Semitism and Palestinian terrorism.
Mr Crossland did the right thing to confront people – whoever they are – who disrupted our protest against terrorism and child sexual abuse. We hope he continues to do so with the vigour and dedication to the patriotic cause he showed on Saturday.
Praise of Ms Khan for ‘staring down’ or ‘facing down’ Mr Crossland is unwarranted by the actual occasion. The media have pounced on this fleeting image and transformed Ms Khan into yet another tool to avoid dealing with the substance of the EDL’s message.
We doubt that if the roles were reversed and a patriot was in the midst of an Antifa action and insulted them and disrupted them that he/she would have come away unscathed.
The EDL demonstration continued
Following the disruption, our audience listened to speeches on other topics: telling parents they can ask that their children be excused from mosque excursions organised by their school, reminding the audience of their right to criticise ideas like Islam, and asking us to continue our commitment to our children, grandchildren and the English babies yet to be born – all of whom will have to live with the consequences of what we do – or fail to do – on our watch.
More on Mr Crossland
After the demo, Mr Crossland stated on a facebook post: ‘she’s lucky she’s got any teeth left.’ Those of us who know the whole context of the photo both understand and sympathise with Mr Crossland’s frustration and anger.
Mr Crossland merely stated an objective fact. Bearing in mind that nothing happened to Ms Khan and no physical attack occurred indicates a commendable degree of control by the EDL which our enemies will no doubt try to exploit in future demonstrations. For anyone who is more interested in Mr Crossland’s views than in the back of his head, we suggest they listen to his speeches on Saturday.
Lessons from the Birmingham demonstrations
The police should in future also do better at keeping more space between our demonstration and the anti-democratic and disruptive forces aligned against us. We do not ask that they be silenced or censored, merely that the police use their powers to enable protests and counter-protests to continue without making it easy for those bent on disruption or even violence to achieve those fascist aims.
Our next demonstration is on 3 June in Liverpool.