A town famed for honoring dead British solders returning from Afghanistan expressed outrage yesterday at plans by an extremist Islamic group to march through its streets, “not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military’ but of the Muslims murdered in the name of democracy and freedom.“
Islam4UK, which calls itself a ‘platform’ for the fanatical Al-Muhajiroun movement, said its supporters will parade through Wootton Bassett in the near future. Its leader, infamous terrorist-supporter Anjem Choudary, said the protest, involving 500 people, would be ‘peaceful’ and that ‘symbolic coffins’ would be carried to honour Muslim victims of the conflict. The walk will not coincide with the return of a dead soldier’s body, added Mr Choudary, 42, a former lawyer and heavy drinker (turned Islamic terrorist) from East London.
But Chris Wannell, the Wiltshire town’s former mayor, said: ‘We don’t do what we do for any political reason but to pay our respects to those who have given their lives for our freedom. ‘We are a Christian country (saying that could get you thrown in jail in the UK now) and a traditional old English market town who honour very much our Queen and country. We obey the law and pay respects to our servicemen who protect our freedom.
‘If this man has any decency about him he will not hold a march through Wootton Bassett.’ (Muslim sewage like Choudary should not be allowed to set foot in Britain or any other Western country)
‘This also misunderstands the nature of what the people of Wootton Bassett do. They are not blood-thirstily in favour of the war. Most people would say they were not qualified to comment on the rightness or wrongness.
Every week crowds line the town’s high street to pay tribute as the bodies of servicemen are driven from nearby RAF Lyneham. However, Islam4UK says on its website that it is ‘unacceptable’ to honour servicemen in this way who have contributed ‘directly or indirectly’ to the deaths of ‘well over 100,000 Muslims in Afghanistan’. It adds: ‘As a result we have decided to launch the ‘Wootton Bassett March’ to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade.’
Their plan comes just months after Islamic extremists provoked outrage by staging a protest during a homecoming parade in Luton for 200 British soldiers. About 20 protesters jeered troops and waved placards denouncing them as ‘Butchers of Basra’ and ‘Baby-killers’. UK DAILY MAIL
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