THE heart of Manchester was split in two halves by riots.
On the 2nd of March, 2013, opposing groups: Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and English Defense League (EDL), cordoned off Albert Square.
A convoy of 300 Greater Manchester Police officers were to keep the two parties separate. At the same time, they were responsible for the safety of civilians.
|UAF supporter by Reny Mihaylova|
The UAF's riot commenced at 11 am in Piccadilly Gardens. They were directed towards Albert Square at 1 pm.
The UAF protected their views that English cities are "melting pots of cultures."
"Manchester is a multicultural city. It has welcomed people from all over the world for generations,"said Kevin Orr, a protester.
"I think it is appalling that Nazis, like the EDL are allowed to hold a riot in the center of the city."
They were protesting against Islam extremism.
"It's not about race, it's about Islam," announces their website.
The EDL believe that a reform eradicating extremism should be established in the Muslim community of Manchester.
Recap of the day:
- 15 arrests were made (12 - EDL, 3 - UAF)
- 700 were the rioters from the EDL, 350 were the UAF protesters
I, personally, take the stand of tolerance. I see the world as a place created equally for all men. But with the fast degradation of our society this idealistic approach is impossible.
Today, both parties pretended to be promoting the same idea: for obtaining peace. This concept was reflected through two separate prisms.
The UAF believe in a community build on the principles of tolerance.
The EDL accept a community where Islamic extremism is abolished.