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Controversial EDL Protesters Abuse Elderly Sikh Man In Dudley


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Jun 17, 2004
EDL Protesters Abuse Elderly Sikh Man in Dudley

Continuing our theme of photo’s of English Defence League (EDL) thugs abusing and intimidating England’s ethnic minority communities that started here Video from Anti-EDL protest in Bolton. BARRYKADE

This photo appeared in the Birmingham Post on May the 4th 2010, accompanying a story entitled ‘English Defence League rooftop demo in Dudley ended by police’. You can read that story here, and see the photo in its original context.

You may recall that just before the general election last week the EDL got a couple of its provocateurs onto the roof of a disused warehouse in Dudley, to stir up trouble and division around plans (that had already been abandoned) for a new mosque in the town. Groups of young white men came to Dudley to support the EDL, and locals report some rioting and intimidating behavior. This part of Dudley is mixed, with black, white and Asian people of all faiths and none including Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs. There were also some peaceful anti-EDL protests that united locals of all colours and faiths.

Now the EDL leaders like to argue that theirs is ‘not a racist movement’, because it only targets one religious group, rather than all ethnic and racial minorities. They even parades on EDL rallies, like a trophy, the odd isolated Hindu or Sikh religious extremist pursuing the agendas of the Indian far right, in their anti-Muslim ‘united front’. However, it has always been clear from the start that the majority of their followers on the street are young white men, many of whom are only to happy to tell you hate they ‘hate all P*kies’, and often all black and Asian minorities in general.

The very first protest held by this movement in Luton ended with groups of EDL supporters attacking random asian people and their businesses. The EDL could unleash a pogrom not only against the English Muslim communities (terrible as that would be in itself), but against all of the English black and ethnic minorities in general. Given the percentage of EDL followers who are ignorant racist and drunk, most would find it hard to tell a Muslim from a Sikh anyway.

Photo – EDL protesters abuse elderly Sikh man in Dudley. BARRYKADE


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Sep 27, 2008
EDL, English Defence League, thugs & Bigots is a better word. Do these guys actually represent the English Gentleman ? if so heaven help us and the world. I cant understand why they wave Israeli flags with the English ones. My personal opinion on these guys is that they have fallen for the Right Wing Crap as usual, if these guys have a Neuron firing in there brains they will certainly blame the Immigrants for the Volcano eruption and the bad weather. Just disgruntled football fans more like.


ੴ / Ik▫oaʼnkār
Dec 21, 2010
Only cowards attack from behind! In this case a verbal attack.

Shame on someone that has grown up in size but not in intelligence! Really shouting at a person with greying beard. Kids have better manners.

Sat Sri Akal.


Jan 5, 2011
Major Sikh and Hindu Organisations Condemn English Defence League (EDL)

Sikh and Hindu politicians, community leaders and organisations have joined together to condemn the racist English Defence League.

The EDL is a violent racist organisation that particularly targets Muslims. It has links with the British National Party and other fascists groups. It has attempted to recruit a handful of token Asian, black and Jewish members in a feeble bid to camouflage its racism, and has attempted to stir up anti-Muslim hatred among other religious groups.


But Sikh and Hindu organisations and activists have signed a statement condemning the EDL. They make it clear that people from all communities and religious groups should not be taken in by the EDL and should stand united against racists and fascists.

The signatories include councillor Lakhbir Singh, the former mayor of Luton who was attacked last year after racists went on the rampage in the town.

The statement says:
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned by the rise in fascism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and racism. The English Defence League (EDL) has organised events across the country, stirring up hatred, Islamophobia and racism – running riot in some cases and provoking violent attacks on Muslim, black and Asian communities and on Mosques and Mandirs (Hindu temples).

They are using the old tactics of “divide and rule” and are trying to divide the Asians by isolating the Muslim community. Furthermore, some misguided Sikh youth are letting themselves to be used by the EDL while a Sikh man has disgracefully joined the BNP. These people are helping to spread mistrust within our communities and we whole heartedly condemn their actions.
At a time of economic crisis with mass unemployment and impending deep public spending cuts – if the racists are allowed to make any further gains then we all would suffer from grave consequences. Thus we urge all Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths to come together to strongly condemn the actions of these racist organizations and unite to turn back this tide of hatred.

Signed by

Virendra Sharma MP, Valerie Vaz MP, Cllr Lakhbir Singh, former mayor of Luton, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, London Borough of Redbridge, Gurcharan Singh, ex-councillor, London Borough of Ealing, Cllr Balvir Sond, London Borough of Hounslow, Cllr Bally Singh, Coventry City Council, Cllr Harjinder (Joe) Singh Naitta, Derby, Cllr R Sansarpuri, London Borough of Hillingdon, Balvindar Singh, vice president, British Sikh Council, Surinder Singh Purewal, general secretary, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, Darshan Singh Gurm, general secretary, Singh Sabha, London East Barking & Seven Kings, Jaspal Singh Bhamra, general secretary, Ramgarhia Sabha, Southall, Harmander Singh, principal advisor, Sikhs In England, R Singh, spokesperson, Mata Sahib Kaur Sikh Academy, Teja Singh, general secretary, Sikh Missionary Society, Varinder Singh, spokesperson, Turban Campaign, Sarswati Sharma, cultural secretary, Vishwa Hindu Mandir, Southall, Umesh Sharma, chair, Hindu Temple Trust, Southall, Pyara Lal Sohi, president, Siri Guru Valmik Sabha, Southall, H{censored}v Singh Bains, national general secretary, Indian Workers Association, Balwinder Singh Rana, spokesperson, Unite Against Fascism, Sunny Singh, president, Sikh Society, Hertfordshire University, Gurdev Kaur, president, Sikh Society, Imperial College, London, Gulzar Singh Hanspal, vice president, LSE Sikh-Punjab Society, London School of Economics, B S Virk, president, Sikh Society, University College London, Jasdeep Singh, president, Sikh Society, Westminster University, Gurjeev Nandra, president, Kings College London Sikh Society.
Varinder Singh, spokesperson for the Turban Campaign and a signatory to the statement, said:
The EDL pretend that they are not racist but they are no different than the old NF and the BNP. Now is the time for Sikhs and Hindus to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Muslim brethren and tell the EDL that their sinister aims of ‘divide and rule’ will not work. Otherwise it’s the Muslims today and it will be all us tomorrow.

I urge everyone, especially our youth to come to Luton on 5 February and join the peaceful protest against the planned march by the EDL. If the EDL are allowed to march unopposed then they will keep turning up in other towns and cities causing divisions and spreading hatred.
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