I wasnt scared says woman who faced down EDL leader as he
The account appearing to belong to Ian Crossland wrote on Facebook: "The dirty unwashed left-wing scrubber was grinning because she managed to disrupt a demo...she's lucky she got any teeth left".Members of the EDL alleged the woman was disrupting the protest. However, she and others present claimed she was coming to the defence of a woman wearing a hijab. Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson confirmed it was true, tweeting: "Ok, just had it 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. Defiant Saffiyah Khan, who stared down the leader of the English Defence League when they came to demonstrate in her hometown, Birmingham, has said she wasn't scared in the slightest.An account which appears to be that of Ian Crossland, the leader of the far-right group, posted on Facebook after the march, writing the smiling woman was "lucky she had any teeth left".Despite this, the young woman said she wasn't fazed during the tense confrontation. "The police should in future also do better by keeping more space between our right to demonstrate and the anti-democratic and disruptive forces aligned against us."Jess Phillips MP expressed her pride for the young woman, writing: "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?" So much love for this. Second photo of Saffiyah Khan staring down the EDL with a smile is even better. Solidarity, sister 👊👊👊👊✊✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/jbz9ZmXWWQ— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 9, 2017 "I couldn't understand what was being said though to be honest, it was all very mumbled. "But I wasn't scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations."I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn't going to be provoked. "I didn't realise how many people would be so supportive, so it was worth it." Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. "& I don't care how many people don't like me saying that , the truth is the truth. & the picture is embarrassing." **PHOTO OF THE WEEK**Enraged EDL racist stared down by amused, contemptuous Asian woman. #Birmingham (via @AlexisTrust) pic.twitter.com/5kBdrrgvGf— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2017 A spokesperson for the EDL commented on behalf of the group and Ian Crossland. They said: "Well, she is lucky, considering what she did...Bearing in mind that nothing happened to her and no physical attack occurred indicates a commendable degree of control by the EDL which our enemies will no doubt try to exploit in future demonstrations. 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 pic.twitter.com/0qWdN12biv— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) April 10, 2017 This is how EDL leader Ian Crossland reacted to the photograph of him in Birmingham yesterday. #sadlittleman pic.twitter.com/5eHz5qhibH— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 9, 2017 The picture of Khan appearing to smile at Crossland, taken by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens, went viral after it was shared across social media. It attracted praise from Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, while Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan described it as "photo of the week".She said: "(The EDL supporter) was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn't do anything, I wasn't interested, that wasn't my intention.