Muslim hate preacher ridicules troops abused in anti-war protests – and mocks their dead comrades.
A Muslim preacher of hate today ridiculed British soldiers who were abused during a homecoming parade – branding them cowards who have an ‘uncanny knack for death by friendly fire’.
Firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary praised the Muslims who had protested at yesterday’s parade for the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in Luton. And in an inflammatory message posted on an Islamic extremist website, Choudary viciously mocked their comrade who was killed by friendly fire in Iraq.
His words came as police charged a man who allegedly shouted abuse at the Muslim anti-war protesters.
Choudary, who has links with banned Muslim cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, likened the soldiers to Nazis and branded yesterday’s homecoming a ‘vile parade’ of ‘brutal murderers’.
Choudary said: ‘On 10th March 2009 200 pathetic and cowardly British soldiers from the second battalion, of the Royal Anglian Regiment, pompously marched through Luton to demonstrate their skill at murdering and torturing thousands of innocent Muslim men, women and children (in Iraq) over a 24-month period.’
Choudary leads the controversial Islam For The UK organisation which wants Britain to be an Islamic state, ruled by Sharia law.
His group was formed after Bakri’s fundamentalist organisation Al-Muhajiroun was banned by the Government.
He said: ‘Non-Muslims in Britain must appreciate that the actions of the British soldiers must be condemned unreservedly; they are not heroes but closer to cowards who cannot fight, as their uncanny knack for death by ‘friendly fire’ illustrates.’
His cruel comments were clearly designed to mock the memory of Private Darren George, 23, from Pirbright, Surrey, who was accidentally shot by a colleague in Kabul on April 9, 2002.
Today it was revealed that yesterday’s shocking scenes were likely to have been organised by an extremist group directly linked to Bakri Mohammed.
Within hours of the march ending the London School of Sharia had posted a message in support on its website.
The group is led by Bakri, the ‘Tottenham Ayotollah’, who now preaches to his followers from Lebanon via videos posted on websites after he was barred from Britain.
Bakri, 51, today said he felt ‘proud’ of the Luton protesters but denied any involvement in organising the demonstration.
The preacher, speaking from the Lebanon, said: ‘My brothers from Luton were protesting against people they see as killers of Muslims in Iraq – including women and children”
‘Many people from all backgrounds opposed the Iraq war but there are proper ways to conduct yourself,’ he added.
One protester at yesterday’s rally, Sayful Islam, the leader of the Luton branch of an organisation that has the same beliefs as al-Muhajiroun, was unrepentant today.
He said: ‘The anger has been rising. The parade was the final insult. They have killed, maimed and raped thousands of innocent people. They can’t come here and parade where there is such a Muslim community.’
Last month members of the same group were seen at an anti-Israel demonstration in the Bedfordshire town.
In his internet posting, Anjem Choudary said that the British soldiers were ‘terrorists’.
He said: ‘They cannot be excused for simply ‘carrying out their duty’, which incidentally (and vividly) was also used by Nazi soldiers in Germany to justify their notorious and bloody campaigns in the early 20th century.’
Yesterday the 200 troops were faced with the hate-filled jeers of anti-war protesters waving placards saying: ‘Anglian soldiers: Butchers of Basra,’ and ‘Anglian soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists.’
Police were already out in force to protect the anti-war group and arrested two men among the soldiers’ supporters.
Gordon Brown condemned the protests and ministers and senior politicians branded the demonstration ‘insulting’ and ‘sordid.’ Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox said: ‘This is offensive, appalling and disgraceful.
‘It is only because of the sacrifices made by our armed forces that these people live in a free society where they are able to make their sordid protests.’
Luton South Labour MP Margaret Moran called for an inquiry into the way police handled the incident.
She said: ‘Calling people baby-killers and the rest seems to amount to provocation of the worst kind when these lads and lasses have risked their lives for the freedom these people enjoy. It seems to me this amounted to huge provocation and was potentially racially divisive.’
But the Muslim protesters were unrepentant. Teacher Sayful Islam, self-styled leader of the Luton branch of al-Muhajiroun – the now-banned radical organisation led by Sheikh Omar Bakri – said: ‘The anger has been rising. The parade was the final insult.
‘They have killed, maimed and raped thousands of innocent people. They can’t come here and parade where there is such a Muslim community. What do they have to be proud of?’
Leaflets urging Muslims to demonstrate against the soldiers’ homecoming had been distributed around Luton earlier in the week.
Under the headline ‘Criminals’ it railed against the troops’ ‘audacity’ at marching though the town centre and accused them of having ‘blood on their hands.’
It read ‘Muhammad said :”He among you who sees a munkar (evil) should change it with his hand. If he can not do that , then with his tongue(by speaking out against it)”.’
It finished with the words:’ We urge the Muslims of Luton not to stay silent against these murderers of Muslim men, women and children and to do what we as Muslims have been obliged to do and speak against an open evil.’
Police had penned the protesters into a small area and two lines of officers separated them from a large number of local people, waving Union and St George’s flags. At one point a man climbed onto a roof and threw a packet of bacon at the Muslim group.
Bedfordshire police said the Muslim protesters were later ‘escorted from the area to a safe place to disperse’.
The force said last night: ‘Everything that went on will be examined and if any offences have been committed then we will arrest them.’
How about some ‘friendly fire’ aimed directly at the heads of this repugnant British Muslim sewage?
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