Radical muslim group Islam4UK has cancelled its plan to hold an anti-war march through Wootton Bassett, famous for honouring the UK's servicemen and women killed abroad.
It's web site declared the aim was to be 'held not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military, but rather the real war dead who have been shunned by the Western media and general public as they were and continue to be horrifically murdered in the name of Democracy and Freedom – the innocent Muslim men, women and children.'
On Sunday a statement from Islam4UK's leader, Anjem Choudary, said it had 'successfully highlighted the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan.'
He said, "we at Islam4UK have decided, after consultation with others including our Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, that no more could be achieved even if a procession were to take place in Wootton Bassett."
North Wiltshire MP James Gray said he was "extremely glad" Islam4UK had abandoned its plans, accusing Mr Choudary's as being determind to create a 'media stunt.' "He was trying to make a political statement, the whole announcement was to get media coverage – he admitted that himself – and he achieved it. He received lots of coverage.
Statement from Wiltshire Police 6 January
The proposed Islam4UK march in Wootton Basset
Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police have consulted with a number of community groups and partner agencies, including local councils, the military and local Muslim groups.
It is clear the suggestion, by the group calling themselves Islam4UK, to conduct a procession within Wootton Bassett, has caused significant and understandable concern.
We have been assured by the leader of Islam4UK that the required six days notice to the police will be forthcoming if any march is to be formally proposed.
No such notice has to date been received.
It is the intention of Wiltshire Police to mount a proportionate response to any proposed march by any organisation. The Public Order Act 1986 is clear in relation to the formal steps which may be sought in order to ensure public safety.
If the police reasonably believe that a procession may result in serious disorder, serious damage or serious disruption to the life of the community, the police may impose conditions with regard to the time, date and specific circumstances of the march.
If the Chief Officer of Police considers that, the imposition of conditions is not sufficient to prevent serious public disorder, an application would be made, to Wiltshire Council, for a prohibition order. The consent of the Home Secretary is also required.
The priority for Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and the wider community is to ensure the maintenance of public order, ensuring public safety and protecting the rights of others.
We are fortunate that our communities live peacefully together in Wiltshire. It is imperative that we work together to ensure that this is maintained.
We wish to repeat that the police have received no notice of intention to march in Wootton Bassett from Islam4UK.
3 January 2010
Wootton Bassett, the town that has become famous for honouring fallen servicemen has been targetted by an Isalamic organisation Islam4UK, a platform for the global front Al-Muhajiroun, as the place for a what it describes on its web site as 'momentous march' sometimes in the next few week.'
On its site, Islam4UK says:
'The destination of this very special event is the small market town of Wootton Bassett, located 6 miles
Southwest of Swindon, in northern Wiltshire; Wootton Bassett, is currently famous for its public mourning processions held in memory of British soldiers killed whilst on military service in Afghanistan; coffins containing the dismembered bodies of these soldiers are usually draped in union jack flags and driven through the town centre from RAF Lyneham, as a tribute to their ‘sacrifice'.
'The proposed march by members of Islam4UK is however of a very different venture, held not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military, but rather the real war dead who have been shunned by the Western media and general public as they were and continue to be horrifically murdered in the name of Democracy and Freedom – the innocent Muslim men, women and children.
'It is quite extraordinary, that with well over 100,000 Muslims killed in Afghanistan in the last 8 years that those military serviceman who have directly or indirectly contributed to their death are paraded as war heroes and moreover honoured for what is ultimately genocide.
We at Islam4UK find this totally unacceptable and as a result have decided to launch the ‘Wootton Bassett March' to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade.
'If you would like more information about the ‘Wootton Bassett March' or are Muslim and would like to take part in it please contact 07961 577 221.'