An estimated throng of 2,000 English patriots marched peacefully through the streets of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, to honor the recently butchered British “Squaddie” (English slang for soldier), as reported by the Shropshire Star (of Telford, England) on May 25, 2013.
Drummer Lee Rigby of Her Majesty’s Royal Artillery was attacked while walking outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in the Woolwich area of south London just days ago.
Two Muslim men first struck Rigby with their car, then when he was dazed and injured, proceeded to butcher him with a meat cleaver and a butcher’s knife. The Afghan war vet was eventually very slowly publicly beheaded.
The gruesome scene was recorded on witnesses’ cellphones, and a video emerged in which one of the two suspects — his hands bloodied — boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence as the soldier lay on the ground. Holding their bloody weapons, the suspects waited for police, who shot them in the legs.
In the video, one of the suspects declared, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you … We must fight them as they fight us.”
Meanwhile in Newcastle…
Members of the patriotic English Defence League gathered in the northeastern English city of Newcastle Upon Tyne to honor the fallen warrior, who by all accounts, served with honor, distinction, and valor as a veteran of combat. The march was by and large peaceful and ended in an orderly fashion. Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert told the press:
I am pleased this protest passed off without major incident. Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities.
While on the honor march, EDL members and supporters were heard to chant “Lee Rigby, RIP” and “Whose streets? Our streets.”
As seen in this video, the most prominent flag was the official colors of England, the red and white Cross of St. George. A smattering of red, white and blue Union Jacks were also visible, as well as a prominently flown “Rainbow flag” of the homosexual pride movement.
During an hour-long gathering at the end of the march, those assembled held a moment of silence for the fallen Squaddie. When an unidentified man appeared wearing a British Army desert camouflage uniform, he was given a rousing reception after displaying the flag of St George printed with the words “RIP Lee Rigby.”
Conduct of the Media…
Despite the overall peacefulness of the protest and inclusive nature of the EDL, some in the mainstream media have branded the group as a “far rightwing” organization harboring questionable motives. CNN, the AFP of France, and The Independent of Great Britain all categorized the group as radical.
EDL opposes Islamic extremism and has asked the Muslim community in Great Britain to make serious efforts to counter this extremism.