Protect The Poppy
A parliamentary order was laid this morning by home secretary Theresa May implementing a ban on the Islamist terrorist group, Muslims Against Crusades under the Terrorism Act 2000.
This group is to be banned and proscribed from midnight on Thursday. This ban is one step the government is taking to proscribe organisations who glorify terrorism or who have direct links to terrorist organisations.
Today’s ban will make membership of Muslims Against Crusades a criminal offence. Included in these offenses are actions; such as arranging meetings to support proscribed organisations, and wearing clothing or carrying articles in public which arouse reasonable suspicion that an individual is a member or supporter of the proscribed organisation.
Last year, this group burned two large poppies near the Royal Albert Hall in London on Remembrance Day, while disrupting the minute’s silence.
Muslims Against Crusades were planning to disrupt Friday’s Armistice Day ceremonies in a planned demonstration called Hell for Heroes.
MAC was the name they chose after Islam4UK was banned and proscribed previously. Anjam Choudary is a leading figure in both groups. Other groups which they have operated under include: Al-Ghurabaa, The Saved Sect, Al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK.
On both Choudary’s personal website and the MAC website there are statements claiming tomorrow's Armistice Day would be “marked by ‘a total lack of silence’ by the Muslim community in Britain to highlight the continuing ‘atrocities’ in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ‘brutal torture concentration camps of Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghuraib.”
Nick Griffin, MEP stated this afternoon that this ban is welcome and good news.
However, he feels it is not a strong enough response. Nick would like to see stronger sanctions brought against these terrorists. Their benefits should be terminated and deportation should be considered for some. They are terrorists and should be treated as such.
Nick Griffin called support earlier this week for a demonstration tomorrow against the poppy burners. This is the Protect the Poppy vigil, a non-party political demonstration outside the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow.
Large numbers of supporters have indicated they will be attending this demonstration. Nick has commented, "many have expressed that they will attend, and we've no doubt that this is what has forced the home secretaries hand. They do not want the public to see that the government and police are not doing anything against the poppy burners, and this is their response."
Conjecture is that Choudary and his ilk may turn up, and most likely will reform under a new organisational structure in the near future.
Nick is asking that anyone who was planning to attend the demo, please plan to still turn up!
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British National Party members are out on the streets of central London tonight, holding a vigil for our fallen soldiers before our Protect the Poppy demonstration on Friday morning. Around 30 people from across the country have joined Party Chairman Nick Griffin outside the Royal Albert Hall to pay their respects.
National Organiser Adam Walker reports lots of people beeping their car horns in support, and passers-by giving donations. Activists have been giving out leaflets and displaying our Protect the Poppy posters in the nearby area so everyone can see our message. They will stay out all night.
Mr Griffin said our activists are on sentry duty despite the MAC ban.
‘No doubt the thought of us stopping the poppy burning in front of the world media forced Theresa May's hand,’ he wrote on Twitter today.
‘Banning MAC is good but not enough. All of its members should be deported. We'll still be there on sentry duty to stop them if they turn up under a new name.’
Please join our demonstration today from 9 a.m. on Kensington Gore to stand for those who fell for us.
Media Enquiries - Simon Darby: 07040 900267
Demo Organiser - Adam Walker: 07713 411198
Anjem Choudary and his Muslims Against Crusades hate-mob are still threatening to burn poppies and disrupt the Armistice Day Two Minute Silence outside the Royal Albert Hall this Friday 11th November.
Cameron and the ConDems are still refusing to do anything to stop them, and we know from last year that the cowardly PC police and courts will do nothing or just slap a wrist or two.
That’s why Nick Griffin has called a non-party political Protect the Poppy vigil and demonstration outside the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday night and Friday morning.
The plans for this are now well advanced. With large numbers of leaflets already being circulated and banners already under production, the posters for the event have gone to press this morning. Even if you can’t come and hold one on the day, you can help by sending it electronically to all your email and social networking contacts.
Let’s stand together to Protect the Poppy!
Download the poster here.
Message from National Organiser Adam Walker: If you are attending the all-night vigil, we recommend that you come well prepared. To make your stay more comfortable, you should ensure you have the correct equipment. Here is a list of some items that may make the evening more enjoyable for you:
1. Camping chair
3. Sleeping bag
4. Plastic poncho
6. Sandwiches etc.
7. Warm clothing
We will be providing hot soup and other refreshments, but please feel free to bring your own.
One night on the streets of London amongst friends is a small price to pay to show our respect for the heroes of our country who have gone before us. We owe it to them to protect our poppy against all that is evil.
See you on Thursday!
Download the Protect the Poppy leaflet here.
Like the Protect the Poppy Facebook page here.