Another example of Islamist in-your-face tactics. This Muslim "rally" is plainly meant to provoke a reaction from British citizens that can be used for propaganda. The best reaction by the British people and press is a total blackout on the Muslims march. Like a bratty small child, ignoring tantrums is the best way to discourage bad behavior.
Outrage as Islamic extremists vow to march through streets of Wootton Bassett
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:50 AM on 02nd January 2010
A town famous for honouring dead British soldiers returning from Afghanistan reacted defiantly today to news that a controversial Islamic group is to march through its streets.
Islam4UK - which calls itself a 'platform' for extremist movement al-Muhajiroun - plans to parade through Wootton Bassett, in Wiltshire, in the coming weeks.
The group's website says the event is being held 'not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military' but of the Muslims its says have been 'murdered in the name of democracy and freedom'.
Leader Anjem Choudary said today the protest, involving 500 people, would be peaceful one, with 'symbolic coffins' being carried to honour Muslim victims of the conflict.
But the walk will not coincide with the return of a dead soldier's body, added Mr Choudary, 42, a former lawyer from East London.
Hundreds of people line the market town's High Street every week to watch servicemen's bodies being driven through from RAF Lyneham.
Family and friends of the fallen, shopkeepers, and British Legion members wait in all weathers to pay silent tribute to a cortege of Union flag-draped coffins.
Ex-mayor and councillor Chris Wannell said today: 'We don't do what we do at Wootton Bassett for any political reason at all, but to pay our respects to those who have given their lives for our freedom.
'We are a Christian country and a traditional old English market town who honour very much our Queen and country. We obey the law and pay respects to our servicemen who protect our freedom.
'If this man has any decency about him he will not hold a march through Wootton Bassett.'
North Wiltshire MP James Gray said: 'I've seen in the past assorted groups threaten to march, but they don't actually do it. I wouldn't think they'd get permission from the police.
'The people of Wootton Bassett are not interested in politics. They will say, these are foolish people making a silly point - we'll get on with our ordinary lives thank you.
'This also misunderstands the nature of what the people of Wootton Bassett do. They are not blood-thirstily in favour of the war. Most people would say they were not qualified to comment on the rightness or wrongness.
"The people of Wootton Bassett are decent, quiet, pragmatic people and they'll stay at home instead (of reacting to the march)."