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Published on Sep 6, 2010
Following the video we put out about the EDL in Bradford we wanted to put out some more footage of one of the most interesting aspects of the EDL, their one Muslim supporter (or mascot), Abdul. On the day he was surrounded by video cameras before the demonstration and the media were very encouraged to interview him whilst we were inside the EDL's cordon.
This footage is a collection of Abdul's comments before the demonstration started, we have decided no to edit it too extensively, in order to try and give you a better idea of Abdul on the day, the fact that it includes some repetition, perhaps, shows the limitations of Abdul's arguments. It is about 12 minutes long but certainly worth the patience.
Included is footage of Abdul talking with known fascists who had turned up for the EDL demonstration however Abdul's definition of racism (anyone who shakes his hand cannot be racist) prevents him from acknowledging racists, even if they have a swastika tattooed on their chest.
The reaction of other Muslims to Abdul's presence was far from welcoming (as you would imagine) as local people point out to him- "their using you!" but Abdul's quest carries on and the EDL continue to point to him as proof that they are not racist.