London rally against terrorism/extremism


by Sunny
26th February, 2006 at 2:56 pm    

Ok, this comes as a bit of a surprise. There was another rally in central London yesterday, this one against terrorism and extremism. Going on the pictures by resident photographer Kesara, the rally was against the declining situation in Iraq and the destruction of holy shrines by terrorists.

He says: I’m not sure if it was bigger than last weeks but it seemed a bit more vocal – I’d place numbers approx 10,000. The Police were a little annoyed with the organisers – “You said you were expecting 2000 – 5000 people – we cant shut down Picadilly on a saturday morning!!!”

It had a wierd feel to it too (nothing hostile mind you). For one thing it was about the bombing of the shrine in Iraq and there were plenty of Iraqi flags flying. In fact I didn’t see too many anti-cartoon placards – ’twas all pictures of the Golden Mosque. … There was a lot of “Down with Bin Laden” “No to Terrorism” chanting going on …although it was primarily concerning terrorism in Iraq, there were no references towards the London bombings really. Loads of anti Wahabi sentiment. Peaceful…but still…slightly ‘odd’ and I cant explain it.

Irna says it was organised by Shia groups, which explains the sentiments expressed. It is disappointing however that more of the media did not cover the march, probably because it was not organised by the press-release-happy MCB.
Yusuf Smith also mentions it.

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  1. Opinionated Voice

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    [...] From London with Love? Another? There was another rally in central London yesterday, this one against terrorism and extremism. Going on the pictures by resident photographer Kesara, the rally was against the declining situation in Iraq and the destruction of holy shrines by terrorists. It had a wierd feel to it too (nothing hostile mind you). For one thing it was about the bombing of the shrine in Iraq and there were plenty of Iraqi flags flying. In fact I didn’t see too many anti-cartoon placards – ’twas all pictures of the Golden Mosque. … There was a lot of “Down with Bin Laden” “No to Terrorism” chanting going on …although it was primarily concerning terrorism in Iraq, there were no references towards the London bombings really. Loads of anti Wahabi sentiment. Peaceful…but still…slightly ‘odd’ and I cant explain it. [...]


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  1. Mike — on 26th February, 2006 at 3:54 pm  

    Its nice too see(finaly) the modirite majority of moslems protesting the lesser progressive ones in their communities. But lets remember Moslims dont have the monopoly on terrorsim(read anything from chomsky or howard Zinn, and you would know what I mean)

    But maybe this type of violence in Iraq (and in other parts of the middle east muslom world) is part of mooselim or Arab culture and tradition. and who are we to judge?”

    And this is my salient point “who are we to judge” I come from Canada(24 medels in olypics YES!!!) And we permit a mass slauter fo over half-million baby seals. So how can we us high faluting language in regards to teh Moslims. We have blood on our hand too!

  2. Bikhair — on 26th February, 2006 at 4:21 pm  

    Hmmmm!

  3. bobTheSexyWahabiStripper — on 26th February, 2006 at 4:23 pm  

    Fookin great. Now got Shia protestors singing along to Iranain propoganda. Their is nothing wrong with being a Wahabi.

  4. Sunny — on 26th February, 2006 at 4:24 pm  

    Don’t. Even. Go. There. Bikhair.

  5. j0nz — on 26th February, 2006 at 4:48 pm  

    We need more Shiite like this mofo.

  6. Don — on 26th February, 2006 at 4:49 pm  

    Mike,

    If you type into a word document, you can spell check, then cut and paste.

    Unless the semi-literate style is an affectation, which the moslim/muslom/mooselim variations would suggest. In which case it is just irritating.

  7. Jay Singh — on 26th February, 2006 at 5:29 pm  

    Don

    I think he is a satirist or a comedian – he really tickles jOnz’s funny bone!

  8. soru — on 26th February, 2006 at 5:31 pm  

    Is anyone on this thread not some kind of spoof or joke?

    soru

  9. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 26th February, 2006 at 6:38 pm  

    Ok the BBC estimates 2000 though Im pretty sure it was WAY more than that.
    When I got there around 12.30 there were only about 100-200 demonstators. But as the march started folks just kept popping up from allover!
    At one point the line stretched from Picadilly Cirus right down Haymarket with the procession head at Trafalgar Square.

  10. Bikhair — on 26th February, 2006 at 8:13 pm  

    Sunny,

    Much to your chagrin I would love to go there but I just dont know where to start. I imagine you and everyone else know what I am thinking.

  11. faddy — on 26th February, 2006 at 8:43 pm  

    *bangs head*

  12. mirax — on 27th February, 2006 at 3:50 am  

    >>Sir Trevor Phillips is showing his hypocrisy, because I’m sure he doesnt like to be called the ‘N-word’, even though some may consider such an action “central to Britishness”. >>

    Yeah. Typical jamalian response to a man who has set out his views calmly.
    “How’d you like to be called a nigger, Mr Phillips you hypocrite?”
    And a nasty imputation that deep redneck racism is a british trait.

    Another killer argument. Keep digging.

  13. j0nz — on 27th February, 2006 at 12:48 pm  

    Time for Hindus to protest!

    http://www.asianwomen.co.uk/news/hfb_uproar.htm

    I wonder how many people will die in the ensuing riots?

  14. Petals just fell from heaven — on 27th February, 2006 at 12:55 pm  

    Exactly, thats really unacceptable.

    Where is religion being used for such Indispicable purposes.
    Firstly, offensive cartoons of relgious figures and now this what on earth is the world coming to.
    I don’t feel that protesting is going to alleviate much as whats done is done, that can’t be erased.

  15. Jai — on 27th February, 2006 at 3:02 pm  

    It’s a shame this protest wasn’t more widely publicised on the news, certainly compared to the previous rallies during the past few weeks.

  16. Gina — on 27th February, 2006 at 5:33 pm  

    why would it be publicised…it was showing muslims actually protesting AGAINST terrorism…surely that won’t sell papers or make for ‘interesting’ news. let’s face it – it’s easier to show muslims terrorising and attacking western authorities because they have already been demonised…they want to demonise them some more – make muslims the next ‘problem’ for a country that cannot go a day without blaming one minority group or another. that way, they can bury their heads in the sand for a few days longer to hide from the real social issues. Knobs….ggrrr.

  17. Jay Singh — on 27th February, 2006 at 5:37 pm  

    Gina

    You make a good point about the danger of demonisation and scapegoating in any society but to be honest, when you say:

    let’s face it – it’s easier to show muslims terrorising and attacking western authorities because they have already been demonised

    It’s a little ostrich like, considering that there are elements within the Muslim community, albeit small in number, who actually do want to kill people on a massive scale, and there are some other things too, you know. It’s not just a big conspiracy by the media or ‘The Man’.

  18. Sunny — on 27th February, 2006 at 8:07 pm  

    Lmao! Martin Sullivan at Islamophobia Watch reckons I’m “having a go at the MCB” by using the words “press-release happy”.

    I find that hilarious. Poor Martin’s run out of people to cuss.

  19. Kate — on 27th February, 2006 at 8:45 pm  

    Gina

    Fifty two people died and hundreds injured in London as a result of Muslim violence against the British state. Similarly, Muslim violence was responsible for 9/11 and the Madrid train bombings. Muslim violence was responsible for the Bali bombs and the recent attacks on Nordic diplomatic missions and Aid workers in the Middle East. This is fact. Media reporting of such events is NOT a demonising of Muslims but a warning of the dangers ordinary, decent European and American citizens face from Muslim extremists.

    YES, it is good to see ‘moderate’ Muslims protest against violence and most media did ‘note’ the event. It is interesting that the majority of protesters seemed more interested in the inter-ethnic violence in Iraq than in Muslim violence against the West.

    However, there is still much to debate if one considers a recent ‘Telegraph’ (19/02/06) poll which showed 40% of ‘moderate’ Muslims would like to see Sharia law in areas of Britain which are predominately Muslim.

    Acquiescence to these wishes would entail theocratic rule in large districts of (specifically) England. This aspiration underlines a general Muslim refusal to be subject to the laws and civic duties of a state which offers them democratic freedoms and economic advantage. It ignores both the philosophical and political systems which underpin democracy.

    Further there is ongoing insistence that the Burka be allowed for British school children of the Muslim faith, not just in Muslim majority areas, but everywhere. I would suggest the Burka is a garment which emphasises ‘difference’ among children but worse, raises very big security issues.

    Recently, in London, I found myself rudely ‘bussled’ to one side by three physically substantial (fat), Burkha-clad persons in a department store. I presume they were women but they might equally have been men.

    I wonder how security can be maintained on trains, planes, buses etc if this garment is adopted by a majority of Muslim women? It is, of course, the perfect disguise for any suicide bomber. It is how John Simpson disguised himself in order to enter Kabul.

    The media does have a case to answer, but it has nothing to do with ‘demonising’ Muslims. I cannot recall a more pernicious inversion of truth than what we are witnessing now in the British media’s attitude to Israel’s defence of its citizens against religiously-driven murderers. In the quality press, we hear of Zionist ‘ethnic cleansing’ – but never any comparison with the stated aims of Hamas which is to wipe out the state of Israel. it is Hamas which openly espouses ethnic cleansing – not Israel. We hear the perverted lie again and again that the Palestinians are fighting for their own state. The truth is, that they could by now have a peaceful and prosperous state alongside Israel, had not successive corrupt Palestinian Authorities preferred to keep their people in poverty and ignorance as cannon-fodder for Islamic fundamentalist aspirations. I am neither Israeli nor Jewish, just a questioning western mind which prefers proven fact as opposed to sentimental propaganda.

  20. Jani — on 28th February, 2006 at 2:44 pm  

    “the rally was against the declining situation in Iraq and the destruction of holy shrines by terrorists”

    Good to see that moderate Muslims are finally coming out against violence comitted by Muslims directed against Muslim people and Muslim inanimate objects.

  21. Saheli — on 4th March, 2006 at 8:19 pm  

    WOW! It’s REALLY disappointing that I didn’t hear about this.

  22. Sunny — on 4th March, 2006 at 8:47 pm  

    That’s what blogs are here for Saheli….

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