EDL Leaders Skip Anti-Muslim March in Walthamstow, East London
A planned march by the English Defence League (EDL) in east London has been thrown into doubt amid reports that the far-right group's leaders will be absent. The English Defence League (EDL) is set to march in Walthamstow, east London, on Saturday. Leader Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had vowed to play inflammatory film Innocence of Muslims in the ethnically diverse suburb.
But Robinson's scheme was ended after his arrest and remand in prison on suspicion of entering the United States illegally in September. Now IBTimes UK has learned that EDL co-founder Kevin Carroll also may not attend.
The British Freedom Party, of which Carroll is a member, said he may be absent. A party spokesman said Carroll was arrested last weekend by police. Scotland Yard officers held 53 people on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, in Whitechapel, east London.
Carroll is standing as a candidate in the upcoming police and crime commissioner elections. Supporters raised L5,000 for his candidacy in Bedford.
"He said he was not [going]. His plan was to focus on the election campaign," a spokesman said. (continue reading...)