Sharia zones in London, enforced by Scotland Yard. via EDL Leader Tommy Robinson Released On Bail.
“The EDL leaders had been warned not to go past a large mosque in east London or enter the borough of Tower Hamlets.
“As they approached the boundary of the borough they were warned again by officers who told them they may be arrested.”
Mr Robinson and Mr Carroll repeatedly asked if they would actually be arrested before another man approached the pair and assaulted Mr Carroll.
Parmenter said: “As police officers tried to deal with the situation the EDL leaders continued to walk forward and then a senior policewoman placed the pair under arrest.”
The pair, who were wearing T-shirts bearing the words “support our troops”, were led into a police van in handcuffs while complaining about their treatment. They were taken to Wandsworth police station, in southwest London, and two other men were arrested over the assault.
At the start of the walk in Hyde Park, Mr Robinson had said: “There’s two of us doing a charity walk.
“They’re (police) saying it (Tower Hamlets) is a Muslim area but to me there is no Muslim area, there are just areas of my capital city that if I have to walk from A to B then you have to walk through.”
“Obviously I don’t want to get arrested and I don’t want to get in trouble so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Scotland Yard said the conditions were imposed because of fears the march and the gathering would result in “serious public disorder” and it had warned that a breach would lead to arrest.
The Met said it had attempted to work with the EDL to facilitate the march and gathering and offered them two alternative routes that avoided the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which is home to the East London Mosque.
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Update, July 1: