Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park erupted into violence yesterday, as EDL members thronged behind their ex-leader Tommy Robinson, who was scheduled to deliver a speech by recently detained far-right spokes-thingy Martin Sellner.
The mob surrounded and assaulted veteran speaker Heiko Khoo, a confrontation with a Muslim group followed, and the scene devolved into a massive punch-up as police intervened to separate battling factions. As far as we can gather, the EDL were fighting with a group of anti-fascists who turned up (kudos to Weaselwatch for predicting this one!), and later began fighting amongst themselves.
And right in the middle of it all was Jake Clarke, who can be seen at 6:25 in this video asking Mr Khoo, “Have you heard about the Hampstead cover-up?”
Shortly after this, all hell broke loose.
In this video at 2:38, Jake can be heard above the crowd, shouting, “Hampstead cover-up!”
Too close for comfort
In the above video, beginning at about 00:59, we see Jake, who’d clearly come to the event in order to distribute leaflets and encourage people to attend Sabine McNeill’s bail hearing this morning, getting up close and personal with the EDL thugs:
Here we can see Jake clutching his Hampstead leaflets. As things begin to get rough he looks slightly concerned…
…and then as the situation careens out of control he starts desperately shouting, “Stop! Stop!”
At 1:02, he grimaces and doubles over as though he’s been hurt—possibly punched or trod on:
What was he thinking?
Why was Jake at Speakers’ Corner in the first place, knowing that the EDL would be out in force? It’s disturbing to think that he could easily have been distributing leaflets to EDL members along with anti-fascists, in hopes that they would turn out in force on Sabine’s behalf.
Is he really so deluded as to believe that inviting a group of thugs to court will somehow help Sabine’s case?
Judging by the video footage, it would seem that whatever his intention, Jake was in well over his head at yesterday’s melee. We can only hope that none of those who received his leaflets will attend today’s court hearing—for everyone’s sake.