Sunday 11th June: We did something we never thought we would by taking to the streets of Manchester with Tommy Robinson and thousands of other patriots concerned about Islamic terrorism and its enablers.
The following is an honest account from the things we witnessed during the day (you won’t find anything like this on mainstream media)…
For years we have followed Tommy closely and whilst the intentions behind his previous street movement the English Defence League (EDL) might have been good in nature, it far too often descended into violence and was characterised by beer swigging lager louts who frankly just turned out for a bit of a row. Tommy, to his great credit, has been the first to admit that it spiralled in the wrong direction.
But since his appointment to Rebel Media, Tommy has been on something of a journey and has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. More than half a million people now follow his Facebook page and almost 300,000 people follow him on Twitter. And when you look past the media smears, he is actually a very knowledgeable man who speaks articulately and informatively about the religion of Islam. For years he has said what many ordinary working class people have been too afraid to say for fear of being branded racist. Interestingly enough, when his opponents are asked to name anything racist he has said, they are the ones who fall strangely silent.
For anyone in a professional job however, like we are, it would have been unthinkable to actually join one of these marches for fear of being captured on camera and being plastered over websites and newspapers under the caption “far right protestors”. It could cost jobs and livelihoods.
But the recent events in Manchester and then London (twice), coupled with Tommy’s insistence that a new mass movement without the thuggish element was desperately needed, was a game changer for us and many others. When you see innocent women and children blown to smithereens at a pop concert and our politicians and authorities do absolutely nothing apart from arresting anyone with the audacity to question Islamic hatred, the time for merely writing stuff online has passed.
And so, full of trepidation, we took the plunge and marched against the establishment’s tolerance for this hateful ideology. What we witnessed reaffirmed some of our suspicions but changed many preconceptions for good.
It is always hard to put a number on these events but we estimate that between 4 and 5,000 people turned out in England’s third city. You won’t be surprised when we say the majority were white males but you might be slightly more surprised when we say also in attendance were plenty of women, fathers with their young children, teenage daughters, a handful of Asian men, a Muslim woman with a placard denouncing Sharia Law, black people, gay and lesbians, and those of mixed race. There were LGBT flags, pro-feminism placards, American, English, Scottish and Welsh flags, a banner declaring “Ex-Muslims United” and others which criticised weak MPs.
Once the march reached Piccadilly Gardens and the speeches begun, Tommy shared his platform with a black pastor, Pakistani Christian, an ex-Muslim, a homosexual, and a true feminist. This was a line-up more inclusive than our very own House of Commons – yet the BBC, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and others were quick to brand it an “EDL march” or “far right demonstration”. Either the far-right is really broadening its appeal these days, or these are outright lies being spread to the masses. We’ll leave you to decide which is the more likely.
Regrettably, there was a small minority who did seem happy to engage in thuggish behaviour. But we estimate that from a 5,000 large crowd, these people numbered maybe 100 or 200. And it’s a great shame that these people do still emerge because they do our cause, and Tommy’s cause, far more harm than good. They play into the hands of the establishment. Yet from the moment we joined up with the march at its starting point, it was the fascist left (laughably described as ‘anti-racist’ by the media) who seemed intent on causing trouble.
First they blockaded the first part of our route before a small number then tried attacking the march down a side road by the Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar. Then, in Piccadilly Gardens, a group of 100 or so took great pleasure in labelling everyone in attendance as “Nazi scum” – a clearly unfounded smear – before provoking people in the main march and letting smoke bombs off. And it’s frustrating that some on our side responded by throwing missiles in retaliation – yet being there on the day you can sense the palpable anger felt by people.
These are people smeared by everyone in society for having very fair and genuine concerns and yet listened to by no-one. And when they do take to the streets, the police seem intent on encouraging flashpoints for violence. Indeed Tommy can be seen on a Periscope video just hours before the march practically pleading with officers to keep the two demonstrations apart – requests, of course, which fell on deaf ears.
Despite this the vast majority of the march passed off peacefully and without incident. We understand why people are reluctant to take to the streets because we were once one of those people. But when is the tipping point? How much longer are you prepared to sit idly by without taking real action? UK politics is in a mess so only by transforming this into a mass movement of ordinary people can we send a real visual message to our politicians. And only by more of you taking the gamble and joining us can this very small minority of troublemakers be rendered a complete irrelevance once and for all.
Having attended our first march yesterday, we can confidently say it surpassed our expectations and it won’t be our last. So join us in saying ‘enough’ to the establishment’s tolerance of Islamic intolerance when the next march is held in London at the end of June (details to be confirmed shortly).
We’ll be there, will you?
Standing up for those without a voice in Britain