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The true pictures and commentary from the Dagenham Demo 12/3/2011

Saturday, 12 March 2011 – 1300 locals say no !! Don’t they matter ?

To Becontree Dagenham for the EDL Demo and rally in protest against the building of a mosque (and community centre) despite the opposition of local residents and the advice of the Council planning officials.

I arrived early to take another look at the site. To recap the Becontree Heath Islamic Society has acquired the site of four shops on one corner of the crossroad where Burnside Road crosses Green Lane. On the other corners are a halal butchers, a halal restaurant and the block of flats on the site of the Royal Oak pub.

A few enthusiasts of Unite Against Fascism (aka Unite all fascists) were gathering outside the site of the intended mosque and the Halal restaurant on the opposite corner. Council workers were unloading barricades from a lorry. Unison is one of the public service unions whose members face job losses and redundancies. This Saturday this woman has other things to concern her. She didn’t do very well with her leaflets – some were torn up in front of her and other people refused to take them.

I decided to walk the route of the march which was to start just past Chadwell Heath railway station to meet it at its start point. The march moved off, maybe 200-300 strong, (including two men I know from March for England) and picking up interested people on the way.

We stopped at Chadwell heath station where flowers were laid and a minutes silence held for the supporter who was killed in an accident there last month.

“Out of respect for the family we are keeping this quiet and simple. We won’t name him but he was someone’s son and someone’s brother, he was a patriot and a good lad”

Traffic slowed down to see what was happening and every driver that I observed wound down his or her window to accept a flyer explaining the purpose of the march.

“This is a peaceful protest to sow support for the people of Dagenham whose wishes are being overlooked by their elected council”

We made our way down Burnside Road south towards Green Lane. The Hinds Head pub in Burnside Road closed in 2009.

Local residents came out of their houses to wave and cheer from their gardens. Some joined in. One woman offered the use of her house for toilet facilities. The marshals ensured that marchers kept to the pavement on both sides of the road until we neared the junction with Green Lanes on the one way section which had been cordoned off for the rally. Then the march centred on the road.

At Green Lane the police asked EDL members to remain inside the area set aside but I was able to wander round some back doubles and back into Green Lane to observe from the front.

The UAF had been moved along to a position in front of the bakers and handy for the bus stop.

Here they are, all 10 of them, enjoying a take away latte.

As well as the Unison flag there were flags of the other public service unions. Unite fund the UAF heavily. PCS are the Civil Service union which did nothing to help me when my job was reorganised (cut).

I saw they had a group in discussion with them. I have no idea what was said but as a No 128 bus came up they all got on it with police assistance. The 128 goes from Becontree Heath to Claybury. Claybury used to be the site of one of the London County Lunatic Asylums which opened in 1893 and was still serving as a NHS psychiatric hospital until it closed 100 years later when Care in the Community was felt to be a better means of treatment. The sight of the UAF sat on the top deck tickled my rather silly sense of humour.

They left their placards behind. I wasn’t the only person offended at reading “EDL not welcome” when we live (or once lived) in the borough. This woman decided to tidy up her street after them.

Whose streets? Our streets!

Back at the EDL site the singing and speeches were attracting an audience of local people who were pleased that someone, even if it was not their elected representatives, was taking note of their views. Local women were handing round their second petition. Children were lifted onto the halal butcher’s empty stall to get a better view, where several of them danced to the songs that were sung.

Kev Carroll one of the founding leaders of the EDL had travelled from Luton. He assured the people of Dagenham that if the Council did not take heed of their objections and refused to reconsider their support for the mosque then a national EDL demonstration would be called and members from all over the country would come to lend support. This pronouncement was cheered and clapped.

LBBD has very strict rules about the drinking of alcohol in public which the EDL members kept. The march was well supervised by EDL stewards and accompanied by the police. It was good humoured throughout although something was thrown at them from one passing car – one of the few motorists who didn’t toot an encouraging rhythmic phrase. After the rally finished marchers were escorted up Burnside Road back towards Chadwell Heath Station and a welcoming pub for some refreshment and a chance to socialise.

I had got talking to a family who were doing their shopping. They were disappointed that Green Lanes is no longer the shopping centre for their needs that it used to be. The husband said that the involvement of the EDL gave him hope that now the authorities would be made to listen at last because “Luv – this is just going to get bigger and bigger”.

We have drawn the line. Let Dagenham be where the islamsation of East London encroaching into Essex stops.

Posted on 03/12/2011 by Esmerelda Weatherwax on the New England Review

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March 13, 2011 - Posted by | Demo, Democracy, East London, EDL, english defence legue, FREE SPEECH, london, Speech, Tommy Robinson, UAF, UAF/SWP, uk |

1 Comment »

  1. if you feel that edl have a valid case,why is it nobody not one single local paper has a written report of your half backed march in dagenham?did,nt your sister company bnp tell you anything in the last election.GUESS WHO SOLD OFF OUR NATIONS CROWN JEWELS TO NON BRITISH COMPANIES?go back to maggie thatcher and realise it was rich elite,white,oxbridge educated who led us down a garden path.they deflect blame to ethnics while selling everything to outside investors.NOW WE ALL ARE PAYING THE PRICE.if it were not for many arabic,muslim nations who are legally investing or buying in,we’d be in a worse position.HELLO EDL WAKE UP & SMELL THE COFFEE.do you like black coffee or white,do you take white sugar or brown.I LIKE THEM BOTH WAYS.TAKE THIS MADNESS TO OUR CORRUPT 2 FACED LYING POLITICIANS WHO ALL OWN OVERSEAS PROPERTIES BOUGHT BY OUR SWEAT.1love,love ALL

    Comment by 9xzulug | March 14, 2011 | Reply


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