List of English Defence League protests

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The page lists English Defence League protests and attempted protests. For protests in Scotland see the Scottish Defence League page.


Date Location Attendance Description of event
8 August 2009 Birmingham Unknown Counter protest by, and clashes with, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters.[1][2]
5 September 2009 Birmingham Unknown Clashes with socialist protestors,[3] West Midlands police state the EDL "...had no intent to protest".[4] 45 arrested were from the EDL a similar number were arrested belonged to groups opposing them.[5]
13 September 2009 London Unknown Counter demonstration to pro-Palestinian rally.[6]
10 October 2009 Manchester 700[7] Counter-protest by 1,400 UAF supporters.[8] Riot police on hand to separate sides.[9]BBC NEWS: Protest police cost was £200,000</ref>
31 October 2009 Leeds 900[10][11] Counter-protested by 1,500 UAF. Leeds council and West Yorkshire Police thanked the public and participants "for their patience and consideration".[12][13][14] The protest was controversial as a tree which had been erected in City Square with the intention to decorate it as a Christmas tree at a later date had to be taken down to accommodate the protest.
5 December 2009 Nottingham 500[15] Demonstration following Mercian Regiment homecoming parade, clashes with Asian students and UAF.[16]
23 January 2010 Stoke-on-Trent 1,500[17] EDL break through police lines. Police officers were injured and police vehicles damaged.[17] All arrests were linked to the EDL demonstration.[18][19] Approximately 300 supporters of Unite Against Fascism held a counter demonstration.[20]
5 March 2010 London 300[21] Rally in support of Geert Wilders' visit to the House of Lords. 100 UAF counter-demonstrators.[22]
20 March 2010 Bolton 2,000[23] Counter-protested by 1,500 UAF.[23][24] 9 arrested from EDL and around 55 from UAF.[23][25][26]
3 April 2010 Dudley 2,000[27] Several EDL supporters knocked down fencing and escaped the police cordon.[27][28][29] There were 1500 UAF counter-demonstrators.[30]
1 May 2010 Aylesbury 800 Protest against militant Islam. Eight of the arrests were on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon.[31][32] About 75 UAF counter-demonstrators gathered in the town, but later left.[33]
29 May 2010 Newcastle 1,500-2,000[34] UAF hold counter demonstration of around 1,000. No arrests at either demonstration despite minor scuffles.[34]
17 July 2010 Dudley 500 [35][36] The UAF attendance of 350.[37]
28 August 2010 Bradford 300[38]–700[39] 1,300 police officers were involved in policing the protest.[40] Various missiles were thrown by EDL supporters during the protest.[41][39][42][43] Approximately 300 UAF supporters attended the counter-demonstration.[44]
11 September 2010 Oldham 120[45] EDL converged on Oldham around mid-day after telephoning police in advance at 8.45am[46] and laid a wreath at the war memorial.[45][46]
9 October 2010 Leicester 1000[47] After the Home secretary accepted Leicester City Council's application for a ban on all marches in the city on this date[48] the EDL held a static demonstration numbering 1,000,[47] while Unite Against Fascism (UAF) staged a counter-protest numbering 700.[47] One police officer was taken to hospital with a leg injury and two protesters were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.[49]
25 October 2010 London Unknown The EDL held a protest opposing "Islamification" of the United Kingdom and showing support for Israel outside the Israeli embassy. It was attended by Rabbi Nachum Shifren.[50]
27 November 2010 Preston, Lancashire 1000+ There was a counter demonstration attended by 150 supporters of UAF.[51]
27 November 2010 Nuneaton 500 [52] There was a counter demonstration by 150 local anti-fascists. Both sides threw missiles and fire works.[53]
11 December 2010 Peterborough 500[54] The protest was policed by roughly 1000 officers from 18 forces. A counter-protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council took place in another location in the city and was attended by approximately 80 people. Police kept the two protests apart.[54]
5 February 2011 Luton 1500–3000[55][56][57] The EDL was joined by new "defence leagues" from Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as other more established groups from France, Germany and Denmark.[56][58] A counter-protest took place in another location in the city and was attended by approximately 1000 UAF supporters.[55] The protests were policed by officers from 14 forces.[55]
5 March 2011 Rochdale 500 Around 500 EDL protesters congregated at Rochdale town centre's war memorial. A counter-protest was held by Unite Against Fascism, with the two groups being kept 100 feet apart by police. 31 people were arrested.[59]
2 April 2011 Blackburn 2000[60]
28 May 2011 Blackpool 1500[61] No arrests
11 June 2011 Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 400[62]-600[63] Six people arrested[64]
9 July 2011 Cambridge 300[65] 1000 attended a counter-demonstration.[65] There were seven arrests in total.[66]
16 July 2011 Portsmouth 500 [67] The EDL marched through the city while 200 people attended a counter-demonstration by the UAF in Guildhall Square.[68] The two sides never came into direct contact as the EDL were not let into the square, but there were a few incidents where several EDL members tried to disrupt the counter-demonstration. 400 police officers were deployed - some mounted - and seven arrests were made (all of which being on EDL supporters).[69]
9 August 2011 Enfield 500[70] EDL vigilantes marched through Enfield during the 2011 England riots
13 August 2011 Telford, Shropshire 300-350[71] Static protest after march banned. Two people arrested en route, and three in various parts of Wellington.[72]


  1. Luton bans marches amid fears of protests, Telegraph, 21 August 2009.
  2. Mark Townsend,'Patriot' league plots more clashes with anti-fascist activists, The Guardian, 10 October 2009.
  3. Paul Bradley, English Defence League and socialist protesters in violent rampage through Birmingham streets, Sunday Mercury, 6 September 2009.
  4. File on Four, BBC Radio 4, 22 September 2009
  5. News: POLICE were today studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify more of the hooligans involved in the violent clashes.  Birmingham Mail.  Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  6. [Matthew Taylor, Far-right supporters confront pro-Palestinian protestors, The Guardian, 10 October 2009.
  7. Dozens arrested during protests, BBC News, 10 October 2009.
  8. Dozens arrested during protests, BBC News, 10 October 2009.
  9. Dozens arrested during protests, BBC News, 10 October 2009.
  10. Protest policing hailed a success, BBC News, 1 November 2009.
  11. Leeds Demonstrations, West Yorkshire Police, 31 October 2009.
  12. Protest policing hailed a success, BBC News, 1 November 2009.
  13. Leeds Demonstrations, West Yorkshire Police, 31 October 2009.
  14. Bill for policing Bradford demonstrations 'could be £500,000', Yorkshire Evening Post, 31 August 2010.
  15. Mark Townsend, English Defence League marchers clash with police in Nottingham, The Guardian, 10 October 2009.
  16. Mark Townsend, English Defence League marchers clash with police in Nottingham, The Guardian, 10 October 2009.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Trouble at Stoke-on-Trent English Defence League rally. 24 January 2010.  BBC
  18. Trouble at Stoke-on-Trent English Defence League rally. 2010-01-24.  BBC News
  19. BBC News - EDL Stoke-on-Trent rally cost nearly £200,000 to police
  20. BBC News: "Trouble at Stoke-on-Trent English Defence League rally"
  21. "Geert Wilders anti-Islam film gets House of Lords screening", The Guardian
  22. Dutch MP Geert Wilders' anti-Islam film sparks protests. 5 March 2010. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 74 arrests in demo clash, The Belfast Telegraph, 21 March 2010.
  24. The ‘£300,000 price’ of policing protesters rallies. 23 March 2010.  The Bolton News
  25. Police battle to control EDL and UAF protest in Bolton. 20 March 2010.  BBC
  26. 55 arrests at protests.  The Bolton News.  Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  27. 27.0 27.1 English Defence League protesters clash with police | Mail Online. 3 April 2010.
  28. "Sunday Mercury unveils face of leader of EDL, whose group has cost taxpayers £2 million"
  29. BBC News: "Dudley rallies 'cost council an estimated £150,000'"
  30. Birmingham Mail: Black Country News - "EDL in Dudley: UAF bring 1,500 to town for counter protest"
  31. English Defence League protest leads to 12 arrests. 2010-05-01.  BBC News
  32. EDL demo in Aylesbury set to cost police £300,000 - News - Bucks Herald
  33. "Police clash with anti-Islamist protesters in Buckinghamshire", The Telegraph
  34. 34.0 34.1 No arrests at English Defence League Newcastle march.  Sunday Sun.  Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  35. LIVE UPDATE - Trouble flares at EDL rally (From Dudley News).  Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  36. EDL protest bill tops half-a-million pounds (From Stourbridge News).  Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  37. Unite Against Fascism: Racist EDL brings violence to Dudley
  38. Youtube, English Defence League riot in Bradford, Press TV London, 28 August 2010.
  39. 39.0 39.1 BBC News - Missiles thrown during Bradford EDL demonstration. 2010-08-20.
  40. Matthew Taylor and Martin Wainwright (28 August 2010) English Defence League supporters attack police at Bradford rally | UK news | The Observer.   Guardian
  41. Youtube, English Defence League riot in Bradford, Press TV London, 28 August 2010.
  42. The Muslim Weekly
  43. Riot police tackle missiles at English Defence League protest in Bradford. 28 August 2010. 
  44. Daily Star: "Missile 'war' in race-hate clash"
  45. 45.0 45.1 Eight arrests at English Defence League event in Oldham. 12 September 2010. 
  46. 46.0 46.1
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Police.ukTemplate:Dead link
  48. Leicester marches banned by Theresa May. 4 October 2010. 
  52. Five held over Nuneaton EDL and anti-fascist protests. 28 November 2010. 
  54. 54.0 54.1 "Arrests at city protest marches in Peterborough", BBC News, Peterborough, 11 December.
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 "EDL and UAF stage rival protests in Luton", BBC News, 5 February 2011
  56. 56.0 56.1 Bent Skjærstad and Christian Sønsteby, Nordmenn deltar i omstridt anti-muslimsk nasjonalistmarsj, TV 2 (Norway), 5 February 2011.
  57. Toby Helm, Matthew Taylor and Rowenna David, David Cameron sparks fury from critics who say attack on multiculturalism has boosted English Defence League, The Guardian, 5 February 2011.
  58. Matthew Taylor and Rowenna Davis, EDL protest attracts European far-right activists,, 4 February 2011.
  59. 31 arrests at EDL protest.
  60. Blackburn protests: How the day unfolded. 2 April 2011. 
  61. BBC News - "Blackpool EDL and anti-fascist demos 'pass peacefully'"
  62. ‘Caged’ EDL leader vows to return to Dewsbury in thousands, Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2011.
  63. Sam Casey, Dewsbury: £172,000 bill for 40 minute EDL protest, Yorkshire Evening Post, 15 August 2011.
  64. ‘Caged’ EDL leader vows to return to Dewsbury in thousands, Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2011.
  65. 65.0 65.1 BBC News - Five arrests during Cambridge EDL and anti-fascist marches.  Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  66. Cambridge City News, Cambridge Local News Stories & Latest Headlines About Cambridge | Video: English Defence League march ends after failed bid to target mosque.  Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  67. BBC News - Portsmouth EDL march and counter-protests see seven arrests
  68. Anti-fascism protesters make their voices heard in the city. 16 July 2011. 
  69. Seven arrested after Portsmouth far right march. 16 July 2011. 
  70. Riots give rise to vigilantes
  71. EDL demonstrations go ahead,Sky News, 13 August 2011.
  72. EDL demonstrations go ahead,Sky News, 13 August 2011.
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