Who looks like they have power here, the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate pic.twitter.com/bu96ALQsOL— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) April 8, 2017
Okay guys, so here is the story behind this viral flick of of Birmingham resident, Saffiyah Khan confronting EDL (The English Defence League) leader, Ian Crossland baring a smile.
So EDL is a U.K. based group that was created to fight what the claim is a rise in Islamism and Sharia Law in Britain. This past Saturday (April 8th), they held a protest in Birmingham England, as a clap back to last month’s Westminster attack in London. Who we now all know is being blamed on Khalid Masood, 52, a Birmingham resident.
In an interview with Buzzfeed Khan explains her reasoning for being present and how she was actually aiding a woman who was being surrounded by the protestors. “I went with the intent of showing support for anyone who was assaulted or harassed by them.”
“I ended up going to the EDL demo because there is a history of harassment and assault of Muslims, vulnerable members of the public, and people of color at the demos and outside of it.”
She also spoke with Birmingham Mail, giving the low down on the entire moment. It all started when a woman, donning a headscarf shouted , “racist,” and was soon surrounded by up to 25 EDL members. “She looked absolutely terrified. I still hung back and waited for the police to sort it out. I waited two or three minutes and but the police did nothing, so I decided to go and try and get her out of there.”
It didn’t take long before Khan was pointed out as an anti-fascist and was face to face with Crossland.
“Ian Crossland was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn’t do anything, I wasn’t interested, that wasn’t my intention. But I wasn’t scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations. I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn’t going to be provoked.”
The photo of Saffiyah Khan and Ian Crossland, taken by Joe Gidden, went viral shortly after, much to her shock.
“I have lost my anonymity because of the picture, but on balance it was worth it.”