|Police waiting outside Rochdale town hall |
for the main body of EDL supporters to start congregating.
|There was a strong police presence of around 500 officers.|
|The police formed a thoroughfare, herding the|
demonstrators around the roundabout and towards the enclosed area by the stage.
|Police dogs and horses were stationed nearby.|
|There were representatives from many divisions |
including Rochdale, Luton, Halifax, North West Alliance and Yorkshire.
|There were ten arrests for public order offences.|
|The crowd gathers outside the Town Hall as the demonstration begins.|
|Tommy Robinson, pictured with a Qur'an and a cigarette lighter, |
gave the first speech.
|Tommy Robinson and Muslim EDL supporter Abdul Rafiq.|
|Kevin Carroll giving a speech with an EDL poster denouncing 'Muslim paedos'.|
|Reported numbers of EDL attendees vary, but I think there were around |
400 people there. During some points of the demonstration the crowd
dispersed so it was unclear exactly how many were in attendance.
|An EDL poster on fire. During the day the GMP tweeted: |
"Rumours that EDL in Rochdale are threatening to burn the Koran are incorrect.
Only EDL posters are being burnt."