English Defence League (EDL): Political Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America

English Defence League (EDL): Political Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America

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The English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right[6][7][8][9][10] street protest movement which focuses on opposition to what it considers to be a spread of Islamism and Sharia in the United Kingdom.[11][12][13][14][15][16] It describes itself as an anti-racist and human rights organisation.[17] The ideology in forming the EDL was the belief that the religion of Islam “challenges an English, Christian way of life”.[17] The EDL has been described as Islamophobic,[8][18] 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”.[19] The group has faced confrontations with various groups, including Unite Against Fascism (UAF).[20]

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”.[21] He was replaced as leader by Tim Ablitt.[22]

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