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Why did we fail to stop the EDL
bristol | protests | opinion/analysis Monday July 16, 2012 13:37 by Bill william.parsons at gmail dot com
The EDL came to Bristol this weekend and despite much bravado and keyboard bravery the reality is they were able to march through the town down the roads they chose pretty much without hindrence. Why did we fail to stop them ?
Some reports talk of "2000 protestors on the streets" which is of course rubbish. less than a 1000 Bristol peeps thought it worthwhile to try and stop a Nazi organisation walking their streets, why the apathy, why the indiference ?
Is it because Bristolians support the EDL ? - No of course not, the reality is that like in most of the country the EDL is ignored and ridiculed however regretfully so is the political Left and the Anarchist movement, our appeals are largely ignored in the same way that the EDL is ignored.
Are we in danger of being two fleas fighting over who owns the dog ?
Where do we go from here ?
There will be a meeting at the Quaker House in Wilson St on Saturday evening to discuss lessons learnt and to plan for the future - 7pm all welcome.