Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kavin Carroll were arrested for attempting to walk through a so-called “Muslim area” in London on the way to Woolwich. The police feared a “serious public disorder” if they were allowed to walk through this “Muslim area” and when Robinson, who believes there are no such things as “Muslim areas” in London, attempted to continue walking, he and his co-leader were arrested. This was just after a man who was walking with them had turned around and punched Carroll in the stomach. But for some reason, despite the assault, the police were only concerned with the EDL leaders.
SKY NEWS – Two English Defence League leaders have been released on police bail after they were arrested by police in Central London.
The EDL had previously announced plans to walk through part of the capital before gathering outside Woolwich Barracks, near where Drummer Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight.
But the Metropolitan Police put conditions on the march which demanded that it ended at Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords.
As well as planning to lay flowers in memory of Drummer Rigby, Mr Robinson and EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll, who was also arrested, were walking to raise money for a young girl fighting cancer.
Sky Correspondent Tom Parmenter said: “They’d walked six miles when they were arrested outside Aldgate East underground station.
“Police had been tracking the walk across London and had regularly spoken to them about their route.
“The EDL leaders had been warned not to go past a large mosque in east London or enter the borough of Tower Hamlets.
“As they approached the boundary of the borough they were warned again by officers who told them they may be arrested.”
Mr Robinson and Mr Carroll repeatedly asked if they would actually be arrested before another man approached the pair and assaulted Mr Carroll.
Parmenter said: “As police officers tried to deal with the situation the EDL leaders continued to walk forward and then a senior policewoman placed the pair under arrest.”
At the start of the walk in Hyde Park, Mr Robinson had said: “There’s two of us doing a charity walk.
“They’re (police) saying it (Tower Hamlets) is a Muslim area but to me there is no Muslim area, there are just areas of my capital city that if I have to walk from A to B then you have to walk through.”
“Obviously I don’t want to get arrested and I don’t want to get in trouble so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Scotland Yard said the conditions were imposed because of fears the march and the gathering would result in “serious public disorder” and it had warned that a breach would lead to arrest.
The Met said it had attempted to work with the EDL to facilitate the march and gathering and offered them two alternative routes that avoided the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which is home to the East London Mosque.
In a statement posted on the EDL’s Twitter feed, the group said: “Tommy Robinson & Kev Caroll arrested for obstructing the police and carted off.”
The statement claimed “negotiations” for their release were taking place and that the pair still hoped to walk to Woolwich to lay flowers.
(h/t: Atlas Shrugs)