Photo of protester Saffiyah Khan standing up to EDL thug goes viral

Photo showing woman standing against EDL protester goes viral

The image was taken during an EDL protest (Stock image)

Monday, April 10, 2017

A photo of a woman smiling at an English Defence League (EDL) protester has been shared online as a symbol of defiance against the far-right.

The photo was taken during a protest in Birmingham City Centre on Saturday, according to The Guardian.

In the image a police officer appears to be restraining the EDL protester, whilst he stares at the girl, who stares back smiling.

The woman has since been identified as Saffiyah Khan, who was part of the protest. She told the BBC that she was defending a woman who was wearing a hijab, as she had been surrounded by men.

She also said: “I don’t like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town."

Piers Morgan named the image as "photo of the week," posting the photo online with the caption: “Enraged EDL racist stared down by amused, contemptuous Asian woman.”

Even former EDL leader Tommy Robinson joined in the mockery of the far-right demonstrator in the picture.

He said: “Ok, just had In confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers.

“& I don’t care how many people don’t like me saying that , the truth is the truth. & the picture is embarrassing.”

Birmingham MP Jess Phillips shared the photo, along with the comment: “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?”

The demonstration was condemned by Birmingham City Council leaders from the Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties.

Around 100 people took part in the protest, where there was a large police presence with riot vans.

During the event two people were also arrested for alleged breaches of the peace, however they are thought to have been fighting against the protest.