Scores of police had to break up clashes between members of the right-wing English Defence League (EDL) and Muslims in Luton town centre. Trouble flared after Kevin Carroll, 41, lost at appeal at Luton Crown Court to overturn a conviction for using threatening behaviour at an earlier demonstration.
Up to 80 officers had to keep a group of Carroll’s supporters, chanting ‘EDL’, separate from opposition protesters. Carroll had objected to Muslim demonstrators who had shouted abuse at British soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, during a homecoming parade in the town in March last year.
They had shouted “British soldiers go to hell” and called them “butchers of Basra” . Carroll verbally retaliated, swearing at the protesters and singing “bin Laden’s mother is a whore”. He was charged and subsequently convicted of using threatening words and behaviour likely to to cause fear harassment and alarm. He was given a conditional discharge.
Muslim extremists behind a YouTube rant posted eight days before a scuffle during a homecoming parade of British troops were revealed today. The five men, who use aliases and the group name Muslims Against Crusades, are believed to have taken the names of known terrorists and supporters.
They whipped up a mob of 40 protesters in Barking on Tuesday, and held placards reading “baby killers” and “murderers” as more than 200 soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment were welcomed home from Afghanistan.
Muslims Against Crusades have claimed responsibility for the protest and the YouTube clip that urged others to take part. The video’s speaker calls himself Abu Amanah. Abu Assadullah, who is believed to lead the group, shares the name of a leader involved with terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. A second man claims to be Abu Faris, linked to the same terror network. Another man calls himself Abu Jandal, one of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards. A fourth man claims to be called Abu Abbas, a Palestinian jet hijacker.