Abating Protestors with Beer

Pro-nationalism English Defence League activists seemed to be itching for a street brawl to break up a scheduled anti-nationalist demonstration in downtown Birmingham, England, July 18, causing the city to mobilize more than 1,000 police — when officials arrived at a solution. Police shepherded “hundreds” of rowdy EDL operatives into the popular Bar Risa pub at 11 a.m., confining them for three hours, until the anti-EDL rally had dissipated. Given British habits, many EDLers decided to enjoy their confinement with a brew. As a result, police reported only sporadic street scuffling. Bar Risa, perturbed by police pressure to host alleged “fascists,” donated its profits to Midlands Air Ambulance service.