Published: 11/09/2011 09:30 - Updated: 11/09/2011 00:19

EDL steps up prison protest

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

 

 

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 HMPBedford 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 HMPBedford - 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 EDLmember 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 EDLprotest 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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