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EDL steps up prison protest

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: September 11, 2011

Members of the EDL gather outside HMP Bedford Prison to protest about the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson

Members of the EDL gather outside HMP Bedford Prison to protest about the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson

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The protest by members of the English Defence League (EDL) peaked on Saturday outside the jail in Bedford with around 100 people turning up.

 

Since Tuesday EDL supporters have been outside HMP Bedford in St Loyes Street in protest at their leader Tommy Robinson (Stephen Lennon) who has been remanded for allegedly breaking his bail conditions.

Saturday afternoon saw the biggest turn-out and up to forty police officers were on hand but it appeared to be passing peacefully.

EDL’s co-leader Kevin Carroll said they were expecting even more numbers last night as members from Dudley, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Kent and nearby Milton Keynes were hoping to come down.

He warned that if their leader Mr Robinson - who is due to appear in court via video link tomorrow - is not released on unconditional bail then they would arrange a national demonstration on Saturday.

And he said that if Mr Robinson was released on conditional bail he will just break the conditions as soon as he’s released.

Mr Carroll said they would be protesting outside HMP Bedford - if he remains there - every Saturday until his release.

He added: “I’ve spoken to Tommy today and he can hear us chanting and shouting outside. He’s doing alright but he’s been on a hunger strike for seven days now and is only surviving on two cups of tea today.

“Since we’ve been here in Bedford there’s been no trouble and the police have been sound. There’s been a bit of abuse from local muslims but nothing we didn’t expect.”

Another EDL member at the protest yesterday said that it didn’t matter where their leader was they would go there to protest against his imprisonment.

Mr Robinson was arrested last Saturday and remanded for allegedly breaking his bail conditions.

It is claimed that he was not to be involved in any EDL protest and he broke the condition by attending the Tower Hamlets demonstration last weekend.

One EDL supporter, Dave Hedges from Dunstable said: “Why shouldn’t he be able to speak?  “Tommy Robinson is being persecuted and we are all here to show our support to a great bloke.”

 

 

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  October 07 2011, 7:33PM

    Stephen Yaxley is obviously a coward. He asked for protective arrangements in Prison after he tried to spark race riots all over the UK? He is such a coward he tried to hide behind another mans name probably because he admired someone with a bit of backbone? Sadly this idiot looks as though he is making lots of money from the more easily influenced parts of the English community. Lock him up for good and prefferably in a Jail containing a multi cultural population and watch him crumble. lol

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 18 2011, 6:03AM

    Tommy Robinsons' treatment is obviously politically motivated, but they are wasting their time. The EDL ball will continue rolling now, even without him.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 13 2011, 9:47AM

    I think we should stick them all on the Isle of Wight and let them go Battle Royale on each other.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 13 2011, 7:31AM

    let the motherf*cker die or rot in prision

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 12 2011, 10:35AM

    EDL: SAVIOURS OF ENGLAND?! Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Paul Harris, served a prison sentence for assaulting a policeman who was trying to stop him beating-up his GF. - Stephen Lennon is convicted of leading a street brawl with 100 football fans. - Kevin Smith has been given a suspended eight-week prison sentence for putting a pig's head on the wall of Dudley central mosque. - Allan Hetherington-Cleverley, ex-mercenary who served 4 years in prison for people-smuggling. - Jeff Marsh, multiple stabbing convictions. - Richard Price, convicted of possessing child pornography.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 12 2011, 9:27AM

    My heart felt saddness for Tommy Robinson. He has now become our next Mandella.I don't think the so called goverment will want that.This is a case of rough justice.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 11 2011, 10:08PM

    tommy robinsonis NOT a political prisoner. he hasnt been imprisoned for his views, he was imprisoned for breaking his bail conditions that were placed because he headbutted an ex soldier who dared to argue with him at an EDL demo. the soldier was being restrained at the time too it must be said. at that same demo robinson incited a mab to beat up a man who he alleges called him a grass online. when he noticed the cameras that were trained on him he tried to say it was because the man was a nazi, but that isnt the case. robinson/lennon is also under investigation for tax evasion and money laundering. he plays the part of the normal bloke just having his say, but he was a card carrying member of the BNP and a well known face in the football hooligan culture. his alias is the name of a former and particularly violent luton town hooligan, now retired.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 11 2011, 7:30PM

    The edl are always shouting muslims want their own law, it seems the edl are the ones who do not respect or bide by British law.

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 11 2011, 4:31PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDd-RyDmvZo

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  September 11 2011, 3:31PM

    EDL: SAVIOURS OF ENGLAND Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Paul Harris, served a prison sentence for assaulting a policeman who was trying to stop him beating-up his GF. - Stephen Lennon is convicted of leading a street brawl with 100 football fans. - Kevin Smith has been given a suspended eight-week prison sentence for putting a pig's head on the wall of Dudley central mosque. - Allan Hetherington-Cleverley, ex-mercenary who served 4 years in prison for people-smuggling. - Jeff Marsh, multiple stabbing convictions. - Richard Price, convicted of possessing child pornography.

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