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Protests force axing of Islamist march

PUBLISHED: 15:19 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

A PROTEST march planned by an Islamist group has been called off after it caused a national outcry. Bexley resident Anjem Choudary,

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

Bexley resident Anjem Choudary, who is leader of Islam4UK, the organisation which was planning the walk through Wootton Bassett - the market town which has become an unofficial place of mourning for Britain's fallen soldiers - cancelled the event last Sunday.

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... 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 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 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 sons in Afghanistan likened the planned 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 Mr Choudary was just a publicity seeker.

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