The English Defence League has gone to great lengths to disguise the seam of fascism running through its ranks, even engaging in the ostentatious burning of swastikas at organised rallies. But the true sympathies of EDL organisers were been laid bare today after administrators of their official Facebook page were caught out signing messages with “88” – Nazi code for Heil Hitler. The symbolism of these numerals in far right circles is long established:
Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler. For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n’roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convicted Order terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.) … This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88, Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88.
The exchange below was captured by Expose Tweets (@exposetweets). Other examples have been recorded by Scrapbook, with some added even as this post was being written.
Disturbingly, the oiks went international this week in attending protests against the Park51 Islamic community centre in Lower Manhattan.
The EDL won’t be going away any time soon.