English Defence League

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The English Defence League, or in short EDL, is a street protest group in the United Kingdom which is against Sharia law and Islamism.[1] The group was founded in 2009 in Luton by Tommy Robinson. Groups including Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Anonymous are against the EDL.[2] EDL can also stand for the European Defence League, also founded by Tommy Robinson.[3][4] Tommy Robinson left the EDL in October 2013.[5] Tim Ablitt became the new leader. A report found that 81% of EDL supporters are male.[6]

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  1. Maryam Namazie (5 July 2010). "Sharia, Law, religious courts". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. Gunning (2010): p 151–152
    Morey, Peter; Yaqin, Amina. (2011). Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation After 9/11. Harvard University Press. p. 215.
    Anonymous-linked groups publish EDL supporters' personal information retrieved 2 June 2013
  3. "The anti-Islam English Defense League plans a massive European rally". Globalpost. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  4. Counter-Jihad report: Organisations Defence Leagues Network retrieved 19 June 2013
  5. "EDL boss Tommy Robinson quits group". 8 October 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. Taylor, Matthew; Walker, Peter (30 October 2011). "EDL supporters are young, male and anti-immigration, says survey" – via www.theguardian.com.