Formed less than a year ago, the English Defence League has become the most significant far-right street movement since the National Front. The Guardian spent four months undercover with the movement, and found them growing in strength and planning to target some of the UK’s biggest Muslim communities. While the EDL claims to fight only Islamic extremism, the documentation reveals the group’s blatant racism and xenophobia against all Muslims at large.
This month, a trial against an EDL activist has been opened. The activist is charged with distributing anti-Muslim leaflets, intended to stir up religious hatred. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.