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This photo of a woman lying down in front of an English Defence League March has been shared as a symbol of the city's defiance.
@LivEchonews BIG shoutout to this courageous woman who prevented EDL from continuing their march! 💪🏼… https://t.co/xEtuhQ567z — Becca (@Becca)
The Liverpool demonstration was planned after the Westminster attack which took place 22 March 2017.
At Saturday's march, 'anti-fascists' and the league repeatedly clashed in the city centre.
According to counter-demonstrators who posted on social media, the one-woman protest soon swelled to a crowd as she was joined on the ground by more and more people.
After the lady layed down in the street, people started to sit down and the EDL got nowhere! 😂😂 This is Liverpool! https://t.co/VFYaAcVR8U — Dan Lewis ☭ (@Dan Lewis ☭)
Since it was first established in 2009, the EDL's support has been determined by the ebb and flow of current events.
Lacking any formal membership system, its potency is best measured in the number of attendees at rallies and demonstrations.
These tend to spike following terrorist attacks, but then decline in the months that follow.
According to the Sun protestors were heard singing John Lennon's 'Imagine', and later 'Another one bites the dust' by Queen, just as EDL marchers were taken into a van.
When all we have to do is sit down to stop your vile edl march #liverpool ❤️ https://t.co/cn4Kv29Bkx — i’m (@i’m)
Merseyside Police stated that 12 arrests were made due to breaches of the Public Order Act.
The Liverpool Echo reports that 200 officers, 50 riot vans, and mounted police and police dogs were deployed to keep the EDL and counter-demonstrators apart.
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The identity of the woman remains unknown.
HT The Sun, The Liverpool Echo
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