EDL supporters march through Walthamstow.
Four people have been charged in connection with an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration and counter-protest in Walthamstow.
A total of 20 suspects were arrested when scuffles broke out and missiles thrown between the two sides at the junction of Bromley Road and Forest Road on Saturday afternoon (September 1).
The EDL, which describes itself as a movement against Islamic extremism but which critics say is racist, had planned to march along Forest Road from Blackhorse Road Tube station to Waltham Forest Magistrates Court and back, but were diverted when opponents blocked their path at the Bell Corner.
The EDL leadership and counter-protesters from the We Are Waltham Forest campaign both hailed the day a success.
Organisers estimate around 200 to 300 people attended the EDL march, with around 3,000 protesting against them.
In a statement today, police said three people at the anti-EDL march had been charged.
Machinist Ahsam Nawaz, 28, of Billet Road in Walthamstow, will appear at the same court on September 13, charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
A 16-year-old boy from Walthamstow, who cannot be named, will appear at Hammersmith Youth Court on September 11 charged with possessing a knife/pointed weapon in a public place.
We Are Waltham Forest spokeswoman Sophie Bolt said the march to the site of the planned EDL rally by the town hall had been planned in advance and police were aware it was a possibility.
She said: “Our community came together in huge numbers to show the EDL they were not welcome.
“We feel it was very successful and an incredible day.
“It was a complete humiliation for the EDL and I think it will have repercussions across the whole country. The EDL supporters are very demoralised”.
When asked if she was disappointed by the violence, Ms Bolt said: “The EDL were screaming and hurling abuse at our community and they wanted to cause violence.”If people got angry I think it’s completely understandable.
I did not see any violence and the experience of the vast majority of people was that it was a peaceful event.”
I cant honestly say how there was only 3 arrests from the opposition when you look at the videos on this blog , Shopie Bolt says “I did not see any violence and the experience of the vast majority of people was that it was a peaceful event.” , is she blind she only has to look at the video’s all over to see violence from the opposition , and as for the EDL being demoralized they may have been tired on Saturday as you would be if kept for hours with no way home and no money , stuck for hours with no toilet or water , but they were back up and rady to fight back by Sunday NS. to set ups