The radical Islamist cult Islam4UK, called a demonstration for the abolition of democracy and the imposition of Sharia law in the UK, to be held today. Rumours about Islam4UK’s cancellation of their demo had been circulating since yesterday but were dismissed by the BMSD as just more of the usual tactical disinformation from Anjem’s camp. However by this morning it was official: Islam4UK had withdrawn from their own protest!
The British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD) carried on, in spite of the Islam4UK’s retreat. In the absence of Choudhary’s goon-squad, it was only the BMSD and the English Democrats who showed up. As the afternoon progressed, the BMSD presence soon transformed from a counter-demo into the protest against Islamist extremism and Al-Muhajiroun. And of course, a celebration of democracy, pluralism and secularism at the foot of Eros, in Picadilly Circus.
At the risk of sounding triumphalist, it is worth noting that if all it takes for Anjem Choudhary and his band of Islamist thugs to beat a hasty and cowardly retreat, is a joyful demonstration by a small group of peaceable, sane Muslim liberals, I doubt we will be seeing Islamist extremism succeed in the UK anytime soon. And all we did was hold placards which parodied and mocked them.
It has been a great day for British Muslims, for liberal democracy and for pluralism.
Here are some pictures from today.
From the Secular Secular Democracy site:
These are some picture from Robert Kaleta:
Some photos from Jerome Taylor‘s flickr feed: