English Defence League Media Briefing Liverpool Demonstration 3rd June 2017
The English Defence League will be holding a national demonstration in Liverpool’s city centre on the third of June, 2017. The focus of this demonstration is to publicly highlight several specific local and national issues:
1. Local-level issues.
Proposed ban on public demonstrations by groups and organisations, deemed to be “far-right”. In February 2016 in a letter to the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, Liverpool’s Mayor, Joe Anderson, sought powers to enforce a total ban on what he deems to be “far-right” public demonstrations.
His proposition is a clear attack on freedom of speech, expression and assembly, and will be arbitrarily applied to those perceived to be “far-right”, for which he provided no practical definition. Despite other groups from across the political spectrum, known for causing public disorder (including the use of violence against opponents, members of the public, and police officers) such as Antifa, Irish Republican sympathisers, and far-right Islamist groups also holding public demonstrations across the UK, it appears that Joe Anderson’s requested ban would not cover these groups.
This is an attack on civil liberties and an attempt to demonise groups such as the English Defence League. If indeed, this is a means to curb anti-social behaviour, public disorder and violent actions, then Anderson is guilty of hypocrisy, given he is not seeking to ban left-wing groups from protesting, despite the disorder they cause. Anderson has only to look at the violence initiated by Antifa, the Socialist Workers’ Party and others across the country to see his leftist agenda. We do not believe preventing violence is his real intention, given the proposed bans fail to target his political allies.
We should like to note that we do not identify as a far-right group. Being opposed to a fascist ideology does not make a group “far-right”, nor extremist; we are simply right. Our opponents do not get to define us.
Links between Islamist terrorists and Liverpool, and John Moores University.
In March, 2015, four Islamist militants were revealed to be former students of John Moores University:
Raphael Hostey, aka Abu Qaqa, from Manchester – alleged senior commander, fighter and recruiter. Hostey was a graphic design student at the university when he left to fight for ISIS in Syria in 2013. It is believed he was killed in an air-strike in Syria in May, 2016.
Abid Naseer, from Pakistan – arrested during a counter-terrorism raid at the university in 2009, extradited to the USA, and subsequently convicted for his role in planning terror attacks in Europe, including plots to detonate bombs in shopping centres in Manchester and Liverpool. Three other men were also arrested during the university campus operation and deported.
Mohammed Javeed, from Manchester – mechanical engineering student, left to fight for ISIS in Syria in 2013. Reported missing and believed to have been killed in fighting.
Anil Khalil Raoufi, from Manchester – mechanical engineering student, killed in fighting in Syria in 2014.