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Are the EDL a terrorist group?

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They would seem to be a terrorist group.

They campaign for the suspension of western secular democracy, human rights, birthright to citizenship and freedom of belief/religion.
They attack innocents.
They represent a political group.

Among offences associated with them, include- burning civilian religious infrastructure, harassment of religious groups, setting fire to schools in the middle of the night, attacking civilians, attacking police and the murder of a 75 year old man as he walked home.

The United Kingdom's Terrorism Act 2000 defined terrorism as follows:

(1) In this Act "terrorism" means the use or threat of action where:
(a) the action falls within subsection (2),
(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public and
(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

(2) Action falls within this subsection if it:

(a) involves serious violence against a person,
(b) involves serious damage to property,
(c) endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action,
(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public or
(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.[51]

The Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism so as to include not only violent offences against persons and physical damage to property, but also acts "designed seriously to interfere with or to seriously disrupt an electronic system" if those acts are (a) designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and (b)be done for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.[52]

Section 34 of the Terrorism Act 2006 amended sections 1(1)(b) and 113(1)(c) of Terrorism Act 2000 to include "international governmental organisations" in addition to "government".

So EDL unlike Islam in general, would belong to a terrorist organisation.
 
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