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Islamist group abandons protest plan

PUBLISHED: 16:23 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

A PROTEST march planned by an Islamist group has been called off after it caused a national outcry. Bexley resident Anjem Choudary, leader of Islam4UK, cancelled plans to walk through Wootton Bassett last Sunday. The market town has become an unofficia

A PROTEST march planned by an Islamist group has been called off after it caused a national outcry.

Bexley resident Anjem Choudary, leader of Islam4UK, cancelled plans to walk through Wootton Bassett last Sunday.

The market town has become an unofficial place of mourning for Britain's fallen soldiers.

A notice posted on the group's website stated: "Having successfully highlighted the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan globally and having successfully engaged with thousands of ordinary people through our website and via blogs, phone calls, emails etc... on the reality of the conflict and our collective responsibility, 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 and in light of this we would like to announce today that there will no longer be a procession through this market town.

"This does not mean that we will remain silent on the atrocities being committed in Afghanistan under the guise of fighting for freedom and democracy and it also does not mean that we will not continue to highlight the true cost of this war against Islam and Muslims called fighting terrorism."

Last week the Times reported how parents who had lost their children in Afghanistan likened the march to that of allowing a murderer to dance on their loved ones' graves.

Stephen Brown, the father of Orpington-born Private James Brown, 18, whose body proceeded through Wootton Bassett in December last year, claimed that Mr Choudary was simply a

publicity seeker.


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