English Defence League (EDL): Political Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America
The English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right street protest movement which focuses on opposition to what it considers to be a spread of Islamism and Sharia in the United Kingdom. It describes itself as an anti-racist and human rights organisation. The ideology in forming the EDL was the belief that the religion of Islam “challenges an English, Christian way of life”. The EDL has been described as Islamophobic, and was until 2013 “the most significant counter-jihad movement in Europe” and considered by some academics to be “one of the more intriguing developments on the far right”. The group has faced confrontations with various groups, including Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
In October 2013 the group’s co-founders, Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, left the group, with Robinson citing concerns over the “dangers of far-right extremism”. He was replaced as leader by Tim Ablitt.