The cover story is that the EDL members, in London to pay their respects on Armistice Day, were planning to steam over to St Pauls and ... what? Commit a breach of the peace?
However, this does not square with EDL's comments prior to the day.
"To those of you who will still be attending London in the morning to pay your respects, please make your way to Westminster and not Kensington as originally planned. We wish to remind you to conduct yourselves accordingly by dressing smartly (suit and tie if possible) and acting respectfully and responsibly. This is not an EDL march and EDL colours/hoodies and banners should not be bought along. Above all wear your poppy with pride!"This article discusses the government's proscription of Muslims against Crusades, so the plan to disrupt the poppy burners was no longer necessary. Thus, as far as I can see, the EDL had only one objective - to align themselves with the sentiment of Armistice Day, which dictates respectful behaviour. Getting into fights at St Pauls Cathedral would hardly be fitting. Also these arrests took place in Westminster, two miles down the road, outside the jurisdiction of the police in Westminster incidently.