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ENGLISH RACE HATE THUGS LED BY IRISH; Immigrants' sons head up UK far right.


THESE are the sons of Irish emigrants who are behind a controversial new rightwing Anti-muslim group in the UK.

Tommy Robinson, 28, and 41-year-old Kevin Carroll, who head up the English Defence League, to see all mosques in the UK closed 40% of Muslims booted out.

The controversial group has thousands of members and regularly clashes with anti-facists and Islamic groups.

However, in an exclusive interview with the Irish Daily Mirror both men have revealed they are sons of Irish Catholic emigrants who were themselves persecuted.

They also confirmed they want to set up a branch of their extremist organisation in Ireland.

Carroll said: "My parents were from O'Connell Street in Dublin. They moved to England in the 1960s and settled in Luton.

"My father had to face racism with the signs saying 'No blacks, no Irish'. But he learned he would have to adapt to English society."

Robinson added: "Sixty per cent of Luton is Irish. Nearly every single one of my friends is Irish. I'm proud to have Irish heritage but I call myself English.

"You will have an Irish Defence League soon and we will help out whatever way we can."

Over the past two years Robinson, who also operates under the name Stephen Lennon, and Carroll have set up and organised the EDL.

The far right protest movement has arranged a series of street demonstra-tions against what it sees as the spread of Islamic extremism in England.

Using social networking sites like Facebook they have amassed thousands of supporters and were the subject of the BBC documentary Young, British And Angry.

Robinson said: "We have more than 80,000 supporters and 1.2 million people viewing us on Facebook each week. We are pro-British, pro-English and we disagree fundamentally with Islam.

"We believe it is incompatible with our Christian views and values."

He claimed they are a non-violent organisation but added he wanted to see millions of people ejected from England. Robinson said: "We need to close down all mosques because they preach hatred.

"A poll in a newspaper showed that 37% of Muslims want Sharia law introduced.

What I would say to these people is, 'Go now. Do not stay here and preach to us'.

"Muslim extremists are to blame for most of the problems in the UK. They are to blame for ghettos and for promoting hatred on a daily basis.

"They hate British people." Carroll added: "I have spoken to my uncles in Ireland and they say there is an issue with immigrant taxi drivers over there.

"We are in constant contact with our brothers across Europe and we travel to meetings with them."

The EDL has been criticised by members of anti-fascist organisations who see their growth as comparable to the rise of the Brown Shirts in postwar Germany and Black Shirts in the UK.

Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism said it was hypocritical for the sons of immigrants to turn against current immigrants in the UK.

He added: "Racism changes its form all the time. In the 60s and 70s it was the whole 'No Blacks, no Irish' thing.

"Today it is more focused on asylum seekers and Islamic people.

"When racism changes form sometimes the last victims, or the children of the last victims, don't defend the new victims.

"What Robinson and his crew are doing is completely hypocritical. They obviously didn't learn the lessons of their parents and grandparents."

Wayne believes the movement could turn into a full-blown fascist organisation.


CONTROVERSIAL Carroll, of Irish stock, is one of those behind the right-wing English Defence League EXTREME Robinson preaches at a far-right rally
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 9, 2011
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