Witham: Former soldier leads march as EDL clash with protestors

Witham: Former soldier leads march as EDL clash with protestors

Witham: Former soldier leads march as EDL clash with protestors

First published in Braintree and Witham News

A former soldier led an English Defence League (EDL) wreath-laying ceremony which caused clashes with anti-fascism protestors.

Witham resident Mark Dunbar, a regional organiser of the EDL, laid a wreath in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby at Colchester’s war memorial on Saturday afternoon.

But Mr Dunbar was only able to lay the wreath after a three-hour stand-off between 60 EDL members and about 150 protestors who blocked the route to the memorial.

Mr Dunbar, who was appointed as Witham organiser for another far-right group, the British Freedom Party, in 2011, said: “This is meant to be a peaceful and respectful way to show our respect."

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12:05pm Wed 5 Jun 13

Bhudeeka says...

lenny henry was on the radio the other day with offensive and totally racist comments he get nothing but honor after honor and should be charged with inciting racial hatred which he does at every turn this soldier and the EDL are treated brutishly by everyone when they are just making political points and laying a wreath for a fellow solider in this mans case the double standards of this country are pathetic
lenny henry was on the radio the other day with offensive and totally racist comments he get nothing but honor after honor and should be charged with inciting racial hatred which he does at every turn this soldier and the EDL are treated brutishly by everyone when they are just making political points and laying a wreath for a fellow solider in this mans case the double standards of this country are pathetic Bhudeeka
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Wed 5 Jun 13

Withamwalker says...

Please Bhudeeka... we know exactly where this man stands and this group of ex football hooligans are using the death of a real soldier for their own gains.
Please Bhudeeka... we know exactly where this man stands and this group of ex football hooligans are using the death of a real soldier for their own gains. Withamwalker
  • Score: 4

4:22pm Wed 5 Jun 13

Keep Essex Green says...

Doesn't every political party do the same in one way or another???? The EDL are no different, the other parties are too scared to talk about things like immigration in this country in fear of being labelled racist!!!!
Doesn't every political party do the same in one way or another???? The EDL are no different, the other parties are too scared to talk about things like immigration in this country in fear of being labelled racist!!!! Keep Essex Green
  • Score: -1

5:59pm Wed 5 Jun 13

venturoboy says...

I'd still like to know the truth of how so many african immigrants from these so called 'poor war torn' countries get over here in the first place... one minute we are sending them money for water wells the next we have hundreds of thousands on the streets of the UK. Can't be that poor if they can afford a ticket!
I'd still like to know the truth of how so many african immigrants from these so called 'poor war torn' countries get over here in the first place... one minute we are sending them money for water wells the next we have hundreds of thousands on the streets of the UK. Can't be that poor if they can afford a ticket! venturoboy
  • Score: -1

8:21am Thu 6 Jun 13

The Stinker Returns says...

Me too. A friend mine was mugged at knife point by three Somalis in North West London last week. Nice to feel safe in your own country.
Me too. A friend mine was mugged at knife point by three Somalis in North West London last week. Nice to feel safe in your own country. The Stinker Returns
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