From The Telegraph
People in Wootton Bassett, the town famous for honouring dead British soldiers returning from Afghanistan, reacted defiantly on Saturday to news that a controversial Islamic group is to march through its streets.
Islam4UK – which calls itself a "platform" for extremist movement al-Muhajiroun – plans to parade through the Wiltshire town in the coming weeks.
The group's website says the event is being held "not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military" but of the Muslims its says have been "murdered in the name of democracy and freedom".
Leader Anjem Choudary said the protest, involving 500 people, would be peaceful one, with "symbolic coffins" being carried to honour Muslim victims of the conflict. He said he also planned to write to the parents of dead UK soldiers with his version of "the reality of what they died for".
But the walk will not coincide with the return of a dead soldier's body, added Mr Choudary, 42, a former lawyer from East London.
Hundreds of people line the market town's High Street every week to watch servicemen's bodies being driven through from RAF Lyneham.
Family and friends of the fallen, shopkeepers and British Legion members wait in all weathers to pay silent tribute to a cortege of Union flag-draped coffins.
Ex-mayor and councillor Chris Wannell said: "We don't do what we do at Wootton Bassett for any political reason at all, but to pay our respects to those who have given their lives for our freedom.
"We are a Christian country and a traditional old English market town who honour very much our Queen and country. We obey the law and pay respects to our servicemen who protect our freedom. If this man has any decency about him he will not hold a march through Wootton Bassett."
Islam4UK describes the plans for the "momentous march" on its website.
It says: "Wootton Bassett, is currently famous for its public mourning processions held in memory of British soldiers killed whilst on military service in Afghanistan; coffins containing the dismembered bodies of these soldiers are usually draped in Union jack flags and driven through the town centre from RAF Lyneham, as a tribute to their 'sacrifice'.
"The proposed march by members of Islam4UK is however of a very different venture, held not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military, but rather the real war dead who have been shunned by the Western media and general public as they were and continue to be horrifically murdered in the name of Democracy and Freedom – the innocent Muslim men, women and children.
"It is quite extraordinary, that with well over 100,000 Muslims killed in Afghanistan in the last 8 years that those military serviceman who have directly or indirectly contributed to their death are paraded as war heroes and moreover honoured for what is ultimately genocide.
"We at Islam4UK find this totally unacceptable and as a result have decided to launch the 'Wootton Bassett March' to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade. . .I intend to write a letter to the parents of British soldiers telling them the reality of what they died for."
He must be stopped, and before he gets to Wootton Bassett. I do not want to see the necessary measures enacted on their streets. When faced with the prospect of opposition once before he retreated to his lair of my home town under occupation. Blustering bullies usually back down when challenged.
I think on balance I am in favour of their march: only because hundreds of thousands more British people ("islam is like any other religion") will be made aware of the disgusting nature of mahometanism and its vilest votaries. This is their leader after the 7/7 outrage in London: Choudary
They will not be identified as their faces will be covered. I have as yet not seen the police use the section 60 law on them. So they have to unmask and be photographed. Unlike us!!!!
We will do everything we can to stop this using the lawfull method. If that fails we will stop them by doing what we do best. I phoned the number on the Islam4uk site today. No date yet they will post it on site when confirmed. Numbers they expect1,0000. Dont hold you breath on the numbers though,200 tops.
If this march does go ahead i would like to point out. March for england will not enter Wootton as we have to much respect for what the Village and People do for our fallen heroes. We will stop Islam4uk before they get there.
Let them march!!! - so that all who are there from this?nasty bunch of islamic supremacists can be identified for future reference.
This is an official response to the latest post on islam4uk web site. See the following link.
March for England calls on the British Government and Police to ban this march. It is the ultimate insult to all our serving troops, the families of the fallen and indeed to all who have fallen serving our once proud country.
Every one of us holds the people of Wotton Bassett in high regard they do not need Choudry,Islam4uk and their mindless thugs shouting their hatred on the very streets our fallen are repatriated to.
If the Government and Police do not ban this we have no alternative but to stop this march. March for England along with the EDL will do everything they can to bring pressure on the Government and Police to ban this march.
We hope it is not left to us to stop it.
This statement is issued by The Committee of March for England.