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Small turnout for English Defence League tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby in Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:37 01 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:40 05 June 2013

English Defence League members hold a flag adorned with murdered soldier Lee Rigby's name

English Defence League members hold a flag adorned with murdered soldier Lee Rigby's name

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Members of the English Defence League (EDL) gathered at a war memorial to hold a minute’s silence and lay flowers in tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich earlier this month.

The small group of around 20 supporters and sympathisers went almost unnoticed during their ceremony at the war memorial in Coronation Gardens, Romford, just after 3pm.

EDL members held a St George’s Flag bearing the name of 25-year-old Drummer Rigby, who was attacked and died in Woolwich on May 22.

Supporters bowed their heads in silence and laid their own floral tributes as well as signing flags and an army shirt.

EDL Romford division leader Michael Clifton said today’s small turnout was due to the fact there were other marches being held across the area by the different divisions.

He said: “We are here just to lay a wreath in memory of Lee Rigby. His murder has opened a lot of people’s eyes to what we actually stand for.

“We just highlight it and make the public aware of what is going on.”

The EDL has come under criticism for using the death of Drummer Rigby to make political gains.

A spokesman for anti-fascist charity Unite Against Fascism said: “It is disgusting that the EDL are trying to make political capital out of the murder of Lee Rigby.

“It is wrong that they are trying to encourage more divisions, more hatred and actually more violence on our streets. What we need now is unity.”

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