The video can be viewed here.
PC Walker told me the EDL bullying is now logged as a 'race/religious hate incident', to be examined in more detail by their dedicated unit.
In the meantime the site One Million United (1MU) has claimed to have identified at least two of the men who show themselves brazenly harrassing KFC staff. 1MU suggests that the video shows well-known bully-boy Anthony Bamford, and possibly soccer hooligan Sam Burgess.
According to 1MU, Bamford has a history of harrassing individuals and this is not limited to fast food restaurants; 1MU state they have seen evidence of his ongoing cyber-bullying, deep-rooted racism and threats of violence. . .
It appears that Bamford and co have removed their own film of the incident themselves, as 1MU suggests, "in an attempt to wriggle out of potential charges".
Unfortunately for them, several alert citizens copied the video as soon as it appeared. The video shows four of the gang quite clearly. 1MU goes on to suggest:
It is thought that the thug at the end of the film, giving obscene hand gestures is the EDL’s Sam Burgess, who recently earned himself a three-year ban from football matches after punching a police officer. His identity has not yet been confirmed.1MU links to another site that has a theory about this EDL foray into fast-food outlets, not only in Norwich but around the country.
According to 1MU, Socialist Worker had this to say:
The English Defence League (EDL) has taken to copying the tactics of Le Pen’s Front National (FN) in France.As 1MU points out, KFC’s website clearly states that not only is the halal meat on its menus only a trial at this stage, but also that the Norwich branch harrangued by Bamford and co is not one of the outlets taking part in the trial. They are also keen to point out the following:
They have called for attacks on all Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for selling halal meat. And they are encouraging people to film the attacks and to wear pig masks—which is what the FN has done at fast food outlets in France. In a video posted by the EDL on YouTube of one protest, one of the mob shouts, “Who here is a Muslim?”
The following video has also been released recently by EDL members, and appears to show them confronting KFC board members, having barged into a meeting.
Due to our strict animal welfare standards, we insist that all our poultry is stunned before slaughter. Our halal chicken has been accredited by the Halal Food Authority, one of the most widely recognised bodies in the UK and overseas. It allows the use of a technique called ’stun-to-stun’ – a pain free process that makes the animal insensible to pain and suffering. A verse is also recited from the Koran at the point of slaughter by an appropriate person and the poultry will not come into contact with non-halal meat at any point in the supply chain.Leaving aside any debate about the business practices of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or about halal meat, or even any discussion about the ethics of eating meat at all, the essential point seems to be this:
The HFA accreditation which is clearly signposted in the participating restaurants allows us to offer halal accredited meat whilst remaining committed to the same animal welfare standards as before, which meet or exceed all relevant UK and EU legislation.
Are Norfolk people ready or willing to accept the bullyboy tactics of any organisation like the EDL or the BNP? Can we tolerate this low-level off-the street gang thuggery?
These self-elected, boastful self-described guardians of 'Engish values' in the EDL, which is closely interconnected with the BNP, have no right to attempt to intimidate staff of local fast-food outlets in pursuit of their own political advancement.
Kick such political movements out of Norfolk.