Last week, two men who were accused of having set fire to a most in Stoke-on-Trent on December 3rd were found guilty of the attack and have each been sentenced to 10 years in jail. The court heard that ex-soldier Simon Beech, 23, and Garreth Foster, 29, planned the arsonist attack in revenge after Muslim extremists burned poppies in Armistice Day (as reported). Beech also admitted that he had been a member of the English Defence League and the BNP. However, he said he was not racists and did not believe his views to be extreme. Subsequently, the judge did not believe the attack to be solely aimed at extremists, but at Muslims more generally.
11 November 2010
Muslims clashed with police after burning a large poppy in protest at Britain’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which was timed to coincide with Armistice Day’s two-minute silence.
About 35 Islamic protesters, dressed in dark clothes and with many masking their faces, carried banners and chanted slogans such as “British soldiers: terrorists”. The group confronted police officers and briefly fought with them, leaving one officer with a head injury requiring hospital treatment, and three arrests were made.
Around 50 counter demonstrators from the far-right English Defence League gathered nearby but officers kept the two sides apart.
12 November 2010
As the clock struck 11:00 and people stood for Armistice Day’s two minutes of silence, Islamic protesters in London burned a model of a poppy, and shouted out messages such as “British soldiers burn in hell.” The poppy is a symbol commemorating fallen British soldiers of the First World war and all wars thereafter.
About 35 protesters, many with their faces masked, gathered near Hyde Park. They set a model of a poppy on fire at the stroke of 11am, and then marched through the area carrying signs and chanting. Messages on the signs included “Hands off Muslim lands,” “Islam will dominate,” “There is no God but Allah,” “Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell” and “British soldiers burn in hell.”
The protesters said they were members of a group called Muslims Against Crusades.
The Muslim Council of Britain said that while the protesters claim to speak for Muslims, many more join fellow Britons in remembering the sacrifice of the armed forces.