|Police and protesters|
It became clear that while all Muslims seemed to be upset about the movie, abroad, it was being used as a vehicle for those in positions of authority to get bodies on the street to cause mayhem. I doubted that London based Muslims would emulate their Middle Eastern brothers, and take to the streets in their thousands to attack the American Embassy. I've said before that the vast majority of Muslims in London are just normal folk who get on with their lives like anyone else. I can't pretend to understand their beliefs, but as long as they don't step outside the law, I can live with that. They probably can't understand mine either.
|The march nears the USA Embassy|
His site called for all Muslims, individuals and groups to attend the demo. There was mention elsewhere of Hitz Ut Tahrir attending, but apart from that, support seemed non existent.
The scene at the embassy was all too familiar. Police vans parked up, cops on the ground and the police helicopter overhead. As always there was a big press presence, including a couple of MSM outside broadcast units.
|Evil Anjem and his band of nutters|
They did their best to get nicked, issuing death threats to everyone not Muslim, calls for world - wide jihad, blah blah, blah. All very frustrating for any normal person. Watching Choudary being interviewed by Press TV was funny. He is like a baddie in a James Bond film. It is impossible to take him seriously. He speaks as though he is some self appointed king of all Muslims. In reality he stands there with what looks like food stains down the front of his jacket, surrounded by the handful of nutters he has managed to subvert over the years, babbling nonsense that is so hard to follow I gave up years ago. He really does live in his own personal cloud cukoo-land. He is even a laughing stock to other Muslims. During the protest a group of four street 'yoots' walked past Stopping briefly, they asked what all the fuss was. I told them it was Anjem Choudary and they laughed and said 'Oh man, da geezers a pwoppa nuttta'. One of them said that Choudary had been banned from their Mosque years ago. Another said "Bruv e ain't even a pwoppa Muslim". What is it they say - out of the mouths of babes?
The protest itself was loud, there was not one banner or placard to do with the movie, strange when you consider that what Choudary said the protest was about! They dispersed after an hour or so and went back to wherever they come from. As they were leaving the cops pulled one youth aside to have a word with him. Within seconds the cops were faced with a group calling them racists, saying they were being treated like terrorists, etc. The atmosphere was tense for a few moments then the group drifted away to join their pals.
The end result of the protest was that no one, not the American tourists who walked past, not the American diplomats in the embassy, nor any other passers by, paid them the slightest bit of attention, save to look on in amusement. He was laughed at. He was ridiculed. He is a clown and yesterday he was treated like one. Time to hang up your megaphone Anjem, either that or bugger off to somewhere where you are welcome!