Protest against Tommy Robinson on 6 May – [libcom.org] Since forming the English Defence League (EDL) back in 2009, Robinson has been stirring up hatred against Muslims, dehumanising them to such an extent that his followers have already started killing. Osborne isn’t the only follower of Robinson to use violence against Muslims in the UK. There have been many others and there will continue to be many more. Robinson may be trying to re-invent himself as a journalist, but he’s still pushing the same hatred.
Unsurprisingly, Robinson has refused to accept any responsibility for radicalising Osborne and is doing everything he can to distance himself from the role he played. Rather than take responsibility, Robinson is trying to claim everybody pointing the finger at him, from journalists to the police, as being part of a vast conspiracy to silence him.
But even the most casual look at Robinson’s track record makes plain his role in whipping up hatred. In 2011, speaking at an EDL rally, Robinson said: “To every single Muslim watching this on Youtube. On 7/7 you got away with killing and maiming British citizens … you had better understand that we have built a network from one end of the country to the other end … and the Islamic community will feel the full force of the English Defense League if we see any of our British citizens killed, maimed, or hurt on British soil ever again.”