Press release: Muslims to protest against poppy-burning extremists


by Sunny
10th November, 2011 at 1:44 pm    

MAC are being banned from tonight, according to the Home Secretary. But we’re assuming they’ll still turn up under a different name

On Friday 11th November 2011, at the 11th minute of the 11th hour, a growing number of individuals and organisations will be observing the nation’s silence at the Royal Albert Hall, to counter an incendiary protest by the group Muslims Against Crusades (formerly known as Al-Muhajiroun).

Led by the Alliance Against Extremism, an umbrella body for many of the organisations and individuals involved, banners will also be held to send a clear message to Muslims Against Crusades (MAC).

The vast majority of British Muslims – irrespective of their diverse views on particular armed conflicts – recognise that British soldiers continue to serve in difficult circumstances.

Julie Siddiqi of the Islamic Society of Britain said: “MAC’s choice of venue is deliberate and designed to cause maximum offence and distress, particularly to the friends and families of fallen servicemen.”

“In one sweep, they display an unspeakable disregard for the feelings and common bond of our countrymen and women; a contempt and rejection of our hard-earned democracy and its institutions; a disdain for the majority of British Muslims who do not share their views; and a violation of the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”

‘Muslim Against Crusades’ is one of several (provocatively named) groups based in the UK that stem from the group Al-Muhajiroun, which was led by the Syrian Omar Bakri Mohammad.

His leading student Anjem Choudhury took over operations but remains under Bakri’s guidance. Both began their preaching in the rejectionist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir and left over differences in strategy to form Al-Muhajiroun.

The counter-protest is being led by Muslim activists and groups, but will include activists of all races, religions and backgrounds.

Although the English Defence League also plan to hold a protest at the time, this group is not related to them and rejects their extremist messages.

The humble poppy is a symbol of our common quest for peace. It represents a stand taken by civil society against fascism, racism and hate preaching.

Tehmina Kazi said: “Anjem Choudary and his handful of followers betray everything this country stands for and the very group of people they claim to represent, which is ordinary British Muslims (by severly richards). We plan to hold a counter-protest under the “Alliance Against Extremism” banner to demonstrate that ordinary Muslims are deeply opposed to the values of ‘Muslims Against Crusades’.”

Notes

1. Meeting place will be outside the Royal Albert Hall from 10am – 12pm.

2. A facebook group has been set up here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144282495674035

3. All journalists and photographers welcome.


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  1. Steve — on 10th November, 2011 at 1:46 pm  

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  2. Alex — on 14th November, 2011 at 4:10 pm  

    This is pretty disgusting. I am all for free speech but why set out to so obviously hurt and annoy so many people?

  3. Richard — on 25th November, 2011 at 4:01 pm  

    Peace is a major thing and anything done without disturbing peace of a country is good thing in any sense. The leaders should avoid saying such words which really disturb the peace. Goverment should control these type of acivities which plays with sentiments of people.

    Richard

  4. douglas clark — on 28th November, 2011 at 1:11 pm  

    Alex @ 2,

    It is playing games with peoples’ identity. And it is entirely shameful. It is also propoganda. Which is what Anjem Choudary does, as well as being a media luvvie.

    He probably learned lessons from other people speaking for a minority of one, for instance The Reverend Iain Paisley, Oswald Mosley and others in the ‘lets be controversial’ movement. No matter how ridiculous your comments are, indeed it is to your advantage to be as stupid as possible, the press will publish.

    Anjem Choudary has about ten fans that turn up at his – to camera – revolution. As far as I can tell they are just there for the same reason you get idiots jumping around in news background stories:

    “See me! I was on the telly!”

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