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Oxford EDL demo fails to materialise

anonymous | 01.06.2013 23:56 | Anti-racism | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Oxford

An EDL wreath-laying-type mobilisation (as elsewhere) was announced in Oxford today. A lively counter-demo was there, but they weren't - unless you count one or two grumpy looking guys.

The EDL event co-incided with a local demo against the bedroom tax, and it wasn't clear whether the EDL would go to St Giles or Bonn Square. So the bedroom tax demo in town was increased by the presence of various UAF and antifa people while we waited for news from spotters.

We heard there was something going on at the memorial at St Giles. When we got there, there were only a handful of journos, a couple of cops, and a grumpyfaced tattooed man thought to be EDL. There were one or two bunches of flowers on the memorial, so it's possible that the much-trumpeted "wreath laying" had already happened.

We stuck around en masse until grumpyface wandered off, in the company of a photographer he seemed friendly with. "Byeeeeee..." the crowd called.

Maybe those two are what passes for the EDL in Oxford. Who knows.

Then much of the crowd rejoined the bedroom tax demo, which included a giant inflatable mattress bed with 3 prominent politicians in bed together... followed by an impromptu march to the council offices.

Meanwhile EDL are expected in Abingdon tomorrow - watch dis space.

anonymous

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