Anonymous publish personal details of EDL members

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Perhaps the most obvious – or at least the most raucous consequence of Lee Rigby’s tragic murder in Woolwich has been the heavy handed attempts by the English Defence League (EDL) to gain traction on the back of his death. Mosques have been attacked, rallies have been held where incoherent thugs rant over a subtext of implied violence and liberals have given them oxygen by opposing them so vocally that they only really help perpetuate their place in the news cycle.

Anonymous have now dived into the fray, publishing the phone numbers and addresses for the EDL’s membership as the opening salvo in what they said was a wider campaign to destroy the far-right organisation

Anonymous UK posted a statement on Youtube accusing the EDL of using Lee Rigby’s death to spread hate and bigotry and "systematic and comprehensive decimation“ of the group.

Mobile phone numbers of senior members were leaked, as were the addresses of donors and the list of EDL members that had been hacked and publicised in 2010 were re-circulated through Twitter.

The Anonymous statement said "We have been patiently observing your organisation as you have [indoctrinated] our young with your criminal mindset.

"Your constant belligerence, like a pack of raving ignoramuses, furthers only bigotry and segregation. You have angered us considerably and summoned our wrath irrevocably."

It added: "Last week, an innocent drummer, Lee Rigby, lost his life at the hands of two vile and demented human beings in the most horrific and heinous manner ever witnessed on the streets of Britain.”

"This villainous public display has thrown the United Kingdom into mourning; every community and every congregation extending their deepest condolences.

"You, however, have used this as another excuse to further spread your campaign of hate, bigotry, and misinformation. Under the guise of national pride you have instigated crimes against the innocent and incited the subjugation of Muslims.

"We will not allow your injustices, your lies, and your stupidity, to further radicalise our youth into fearing and despising their fellow man. We will begin the systematic and comprehensive decimation of your cult. You will fall, we can say this with complete confidence. We are everywhere, you cannot hide, you cannot win."

One can’t help but feel that the EDL doesn’t really need any more publicity and will inevitably self destruct. They are already punching far above their weight in the amount of press they receive and quite frankly should probably be given enough rope to hang themselves rather than be engaged with on whatever level. Under a thousand thugs grunting racist drivel in monosyllables outside Downing Street is far less of a threat than the likes of UKIP and the Conservative right wing using the underlying fear and confusion to advance their own agendas in a marginally more subtle fashion than the EDL.

Written by Cyrus Bozorgmehr - Google+ Profile - More articles by Cyrus Bozorgmehr

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