A large demonstration in Dudley by the English Defence League was scheduled for today, but so far events have not proceeded as planned. The EDL was warned in advance that the police would interfere with them, and that appears to be what’s happening.
Here are a few of the reports are trickling in from the forums and chat rooms, with certain names edited out:
News from Dudley — protestors being split off into groups — Tommy Robinson and the Sikh EDL leader Guramit Singh have been blocked off from the main demo.
I’m told that police are hitting protestors indiscriminately.
Confirmation is coming in of police brutality. More people are reporting this, so it’s not one or two exaggerating.
They have been led them in the middle of nowhere. The police are hitting them in the head.
My hubby just phoned. He saw cops kick the s**t out of a lad.
Source 1 again:
Eight coaches didn’t get through — riots taking off.
Demonstrators are throwing iron fences at the police.
[Source is] safe on the coach watching events — riot police.
People are walking past covered in blood.
I wouldn’t be surprised if our first casualty comes from today. Police split the EDL into groups all over the town, and Muslims hunting in packs.
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Police are sending coaches driving in circles.
My husband is stuck on a bus driving round Dudley, as the ob ain’t let no-one through!
People laying in pools of blood, people being run over, attacked with bricks, bottles and knives from the Muslims, and police doing nothing, indeed helping them.
No coaches back to Tipton.We’re trapped. One EDL bloke — not a hoolie — in his 40s, covered in blood. Today is a watershed.
Let the dust settle and let the leadership deal with this. Doing nothing is not an option.
As more information comes in, I’ll post it. So far I have seen no photos.