The following YouTube videos are silent documentaries. This means that they have no narration, (but still have all the background sound), as my main objective is to represent the event that happened in Nottingham, not tinge the footage with my own personal political views.
The following silent documentaries were recorded in Nottingham when the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Facism (UAF) groups both held protests in the city centre. A large Police presence was required to keep the two groups apart.
The EDL gathered at the The Company Inn, a pub next door to the Nottingham Evening Post Builiding. When they started to move from the pub just after 2pm, the Police herded the EDL along Castle Road. The road had been sealed off with Police barricades to form a ‘kettle’ for holding the EDL. The EDL were trapped inside and nobody could see what was going on. You could only hear the shouting.
The UAF were waiting inside a Police kettle along Friar Lane. They were eventually escorted down to the city plaza next to Beast Market Hill. Here the UAF were moved into the middle of the plaza with a line of Policemen preventing them from getting back onto Beast Market Hill.
As members of the EDL were released from their kettle, many were escorted back to the railway station and onto trains to make their way home. There were some which escaped from the supervision of the Police and tried to make their way down to the plaza where the UAF were waiting. The alleyways around the plaza were full of Police pretending to be cats and EDL members pretending to be mice.
Along with the EDL – which the significant majority of which consisted mainly of shaven-headed men either 18-22 or 35 – 45 years old, and the UAF which consisted of either 16 – 20 year old homely looking lads or women from 18 – 100 years old, there was a third and significantly smaller group. This third group consisted of 14 – 24 year old Asian lads. They weren’t interested in driving their fustration towards the EDL or UAF, but towards the Police. When I asked one of the lads what he was here for, he replied ‘It’s the Police. They are racist against us ent they.’
The EDL were physically aggressive with the Police because the EDL would want to move in a certain direction – which was a near to the UAF as possible. When the two groups got close, and from the encounters that I observed, it would be UAF members that would be the angrier entities. It was clear that the main objective of the EDL was to infuriate the UAF, and let some of the members of the UAF make fools of themselves. I saw several EDL members just standing and staring at a UAF member while the UAF member screamed and shouted and pointed.
Not many protestors were left by about 5pm and the remainder of the EDL still left in Nottingham gathered at The Thurland Hall pub along Thurland Street. They continued to drink the evening away with a Police line encircling the pub.
The following item is a collection of photos taken at the event: