Muslim Against Crusades Banned Ahead of Planned Protest

10./ 11.11.2011

The UK Home Office has banned the controversial Islamist group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) ahead of its planned protest (Hell for Heroes) at Armisticie Day Ceremonies (as reported). The decision to ban the group was made by Home Secretary Theresa May, who said that MAC was “simply another name for an organisation already proscribed under a number of names” (e.g. Islam4UK). The group was originally set up by extremist preacher Omar Bakri, who fled the UK six years ago, and was now led by Anjem Choudary. The ban of the group makes it a criminal offence to be a member of or fundraise for MAC. Following the ban of the group, Anjem Choudary had his house searched by the police. Choudary dismissed this search as a “fishing expedition”. While the MAC’s Remembrance Day protests were cancelled following the ban, Choudary announced, however, that it will not stop him from propagating what he believes in.

Extreme Muslim Group Plans “Hell for Heroes” Demonstration

31.10.2011

The extreme Muslim group “Muslim Against Crusades” (MAC), some of whose members burned poppies during Remembrance Day ceremonies last year (as reported), is planning another protest for November 11th.  Mocking the charity “Help for Heroes” by calling their protest “Hell for Heroes”, the group announced they will not observe the minute of silence at the annual services to remember and honour the fallen soldiers. Instead, they are planning to disturb the silence around Royal Albert Hall by chanting. According to the Daily Mail, Cleric Anjem Choudary, who has links to MAC, said it was “one thing to remember the dead from the First World War and subsequent wars but it’s quite another when they say we need to remember the dead from Afghanistan and Iraq”.