Leading figures abandon EDL

Tommy Robinson and his relative and close ally Kevin Carroll have quit the English Defence League, stating that they can no longer control extremist elements within the organization.

“I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognize that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive,” said Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – in a statement to the Quilliam Foundation. “I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

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About Øyvind Strømmen

Øyvind Strømmen is a Norwegian freelance journalist, author and managing editor of Hate Speech International. He has written extensively on the extreme right and other forms of extremism since 2007, and has published the Norwegian-language books Det mørke nettet (2011) and Den sorte tråden (2013), the first of which is also translated into Swedish, Finnish and French.
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