Walthamstow: “If it wasn’t for the coppers you’d be dead”

London Antifascists

Police holding back anti-fascists.

The English Defence League (EDL) returned to Walthamstow last Saturday and once again were only able to march through the borough because of the police. Hundreds of riot police, not-so-undercover cops, attack dogs, police land rovers, coaches, trucks, horses and a helicopter were mobilised by the state to facilitate the march, but even this could not stop anti-fascists from making it clear to the EDL they were not welcome in Walthamstow.

We spent time in the run up to the day strengthening our community links and leafleting to promote the protest outside Blackhorse Road train station. We had called for people to gather outside the station to block the EDL march. But the police didn’t appear to be overly keen on this happening, so by the time most of us arrived the protest had already been pushed onto Forest Road, which the EDL were going to march down.

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