Tuesday, 8 February 2011

ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE: WILL FIGHT FOR HERO'S



By Steve Hughes, from the Daily Star

THE English Defence League (EDL) is planning a huge march after two Muslim councillors snubbed a British war hero given the George Cross.

Councillors Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq caused fury by sitting down as more than 100 other politicians gave L/Cpl Matthew Croucher a standing ovation at a civic event.

Now the EDL plans to hit the streets next month to take a stand against “militant Islam”.

L/Cpl Croucher, 27, became only the 75th living person in 60 years to be awarded the George Cross after he dived on a grenade to save comrades in Afghanistan.

EDL leader Stephen Lennon said the March 19 rally in Birmingham in response to the city councillors’ snub will be the group’s biggest.

He said: “What those councillors did was disgusting.

“It just shows that they don’t care about offending us.

“But we’re not allowed to say anything that might upset them. We’ll go where we’re needed.”

The march follows Saturday’s EDL demonstration in Luton. Mr Lennon, 28, spoke as 91% of Daily Star readers said David Cameron was not a racist following his comments in Munich about extremists.

steve.hughes@dailystar.co.uk

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