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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Poppy-burning demo 'left me sick'

From the Chichester Observer, Feb 23

The grandson of a Second World War soldier felt "sick inside" as Muslim extremists burned replica poppies on the anniversary of Armistice Day in west London, a court has heard.

Tony Kibble said tears of anger and rage welled in his eyes as members of Muslims Against Crusades chanted "British soldiers burn in hell" while he attempted to mark a two minute silence.

At Belmarsh Magistrates Court - sitting at Woolwich Crown Court - on Wednesday, two members of the Islamist group stood trial over alleged public order offences.

Mohammad Haque, 30, and Emdadur Choudhury, 26, are accused of jointly carrying out the burning of three oversized plastic poppies in a way that was likely to cause "harassment, harm or distress" to those who witnessed it.

Haque, of Mace Street, Bethnal Green, east London, and Choudhury of Hunton Street, Spitalfields, east London, both plead not guilty to one count each under section five of the Public Order Act.

The alleged offence took place on November 11 as rival demonstrations took place at Kensington Gore. During the day, members of the English Defence League (EDL) exchanged angry outbursts with representatives of Muslims Against Crusades (MAC).

Giving evidence on Wednesday, Mr Kibble said: "They (The MAC) carried on shouting throughout the two minute silence. Half way through, I looked up to see what was going on around and I saw a ball of fire fall to the ground. Literally, my stomach turned over."

He continued: "I felt sick inside. It is something that means so much to me and to see what I believed to be a wreath of poppies fall to the ground - it is just despicable."

Video footage of the incident sees Choudhury set fire to a number of plastic poppies towards the end of the two minutes, according to the prosecution. Nearby is Haque.

Supporters of the two defendants and members of the EDL held counter demonstrations outside the court, while others sat in the public gallery.

Tommy Robinson's citizen's defence and his confiscation of the Islamic Black Flag of War from the poppy burners:

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