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    EDL Rochdale Division in Halal protest flop

    A new year is here and already Derek Fender Corner is getting busy with halfwits. Today we bring you the English Defence League's Rochdale Division. Whilst EDL Stoke on Trent were spending the afternoon searching for a pub that would serve them and EDL in the south east were getting a hiding in Whitechapel, twenty of them hung around in the meat aisle in Asda, Dale Road, Rochdale on Saturday in a protest about halal meat, before surrendering to the long arm of the law.

    Asda were genuinely baffled by the protest as the have both a halal and a none halal counter and were perplexed as to why a group of twenty middle aged drunks were protesting in one of their aisles.

    They have been getting their panties in a twist the previous week, when they found out that Asda had opened a Halal World meat counter to cater for the local Muslim population which is a wise business move considering the high local Asian population. The Rochdale Division are convinced that they can beat Islamic extremists by protesting about supermarket's stocking food stuff that caters for Asians.

    Unfortunately, the police had already got wind of their stunt and were there waiting for them, took their names and told the to piss off and stop making a nuisance of themselves

    English Defence League - Official Rochdale Division Police were waiting for us at Asda at the entrance and the police where stood all around the halal counter. I tried walking up to it, but 2 police men pulled me to one side asked me if I was there for the halal counter demo, took my details and told me to leave (gen)


    Passersby where equally as bemused according to Rochdale Online. Paul Turner-Mitchell, was doing his shopping when he saw the group. He described it as “really bizarre.” 
    “I turned up at Asda at about 3.30pm on Saturday and there were two police officers outside Asda and a couple of Asda security guards, I thought it seemed strange but then I didn’t give it another thought and went about my shopping. 
    “I had two of my children with me and we were near the milk section and by the halal meat section there was a big group of men and then more police officers turned up. 
    “The police were there very quickly and the police moved them on and it was business as usual. 
    “When I finished my shopping and had paid, the police were still outside so I asked them what was going on and they said they were members of the EDL and they had been dispersed into the town centre where there were extra police.” 
    Asked how many protesters were there, Mr Turner-Mitchell said: “It is hard to put an exact number on it. I didn’t want to stand and watch. I’d say around 15-20. 
    “It was really bizarre, I was going about my day-to-day business and I didn’t expect to see it.” 
    A spokesperson for Asda said: ""We were surprised at the protest because we cater for everyone, from the new Butcher's Selection display in aisle 31 to the halal concession on the back wall - both have been successful since their launches last year." 
    A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At about 8.00am on Saturday 14 January 2012, police were made aware of plans by members of the English Defence League to hold a protest at the Asda superstore in Rochdale. 
    “The protest passed peacefully and no arrests were made.”
    Rochdale Division caught wind of our article and had a hissy fit.
    {hits}510{/hits} people have read this article. 


    Rochdale Online

    With thanks to Mandy Lambert

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