With no Muslims to fight with, the English Defence League have decided to disrupt the day anyway. A group have been arrested for breach of the peace at the cenotaph.
The Met police are reporting 170 arrests for breach of the peace and many were kettled into the Red Lion pub. Where they had been drinking before the ceremony.
It looks like the government are sending the EDL a clear message after cracking down on MAC. The arrests are though to be partly in response to the English Defence League’s threats to OccupyLSX in St Paul’s square. There were also threats made to head to Tower hamlets to confront Muslims.
Their claims to be only against muslim extremists are becoming more and more transparent in light of the fact that MAC are now banned and there were no muslim extremists present today.
Only this morning, EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll were released from a Swiss prison with ‘massive fines’ for occupying the roof of FIFA headquarters in protest at the ban of poppies on England football team shirts. This will come as a massive embarrasment to the organisation who claim they support the troops and have tried consistently to highjack the poppy appeal for their own politcal means.
Only last week they refused to move their poorly attended Birmingham demo, forcing the Royal British Legion to cancel their launch day.
The Met Police tweeted this just after 11am