There were three or four hundred people on the English Defence League demonstration in Bristol on 13 July - as against several thousand mobilised on the EDL's biggest protests, and perhaps a thousand or more anti-fascist counter-demonstrators around Bristol. That suggests the EDL is in decline, or at least having trouble mobilising.
The Socialist Workers' Party-dominated Unite Against Fascism campaign organised a counter-protest and rally with trade unionists and students in the middle of Bristol. These were, essentially, kettled, and got nowhere near the EDL. Meanwhile various groups, mainly anarchist and mainly young, moved around Bristol, avoiding the kettles and attempting to confront the racists. (On the Sunday there was a - small - rally organised by "community and faith leaders" who wanted to avoid actually counter-demonstrating.)
AWL members took part in both the stationary counter-protests and the anarchist-led mobilisations.
The police, who were out in huge numbers, escorted the EDL through Bristol and fought a series of battles with the anti-fascists later in the day.
We felt a real sense of frustration that the main labour movement contingents were separated from the mainly young people who wanted to take the fight to the EDL. Given the size of the police presence and the relatively small numbers of anti-fascists, it would not have been easy to do that, but once again it seemed like UAF didn't even want to try. The problems of the anti-fascist movement remain to be dealt with.
Mention should go to the excellent speech by Dave Chapple of Bristol & District Communication Workers' Union, who spoke at the UAF rally but implicitly criticised UAF, calling for a united, democratic anti-fascist movement based on working-class organisation - and for workers' defence squads to drive the far right off the streets.