West Midlands police: Far right marches “drive muslims to militancy”
Thanks to Mullah
The West Midlands police is building quite a reputation for putting the cart before the horse and turning the truth on its head. We all remember “Undercover Mosque” and the lawsuit against the brave people from Channel 4 who produced it. The latest outrage is surely that the British police is now actively protecting hateful jihadists who insult returning soldiers in the vilest way and burn poppies in front of patriotic Brits.
(Reuters) – Demonstrations by far right groups like the English Defence League (EDL) act like recruiting sergeants for Islamic militants across Britain, the head of a regional counter terrorism unit said on Friday.
Detective Superintendent John Larkin from West Midlands police said EDL marches and counter-demonstrations often ended in violence, with evidence they end up pushing some members of the community towards radicalisation.
“In some areas, we have evidence that once they have gone … there’s fertile ground for those groups (to say) ‘this is the way white Western society sees us,'” he told BBC Radio.
“And that’s a potential recruiting carrot for people and that’s what some of these radicalisers look for — they look for the vulnerability, for the hook to pull people through and when the EDL have been and done what they’ve done, they perversely leave that behind.”
Tommy Robinson on BBC live 5 (thanks to Vlad Tepes)
No good comes from Al Beep:
He said it was especially true if high-profile demos ended in the destruction of Muslim property or violence against community members.
The EDL has held numerous demonstrations and marches against what it calls Islamic extremism in Britain since the group emerged last year.
Another is planned for Preston city centre in Lancashire on November 27 against the expansion of a local mosque. Police say it is likely to attract a counter-demo from Unite Against Fascism.
Further demos are planned in Harrow against Halal menus in schools on Jan 15 and in Luton on Feb 5 against the “Islamification of England and in support of free speech.”
A founding member of the EDL was charged with assaulting a police officer last week during a Remembrance Day protest in London where a group calling itself “Muslims Against Crusades” set poppies alight.
The Home Office said the government condemned all those who “create distrust and divisions between communities, and remains determined to stamp out racism and extremism.”
However, it said it had no power to ban lawful demonstrations.
Officers interviewed by the BBC also said they were concerned about youths being radicalised in prisons — a problem flagged up by security experts in a report for the Royal United Services Institute in the summer.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson said it was “ridiculous” to blame his organisation for home grown radicalism.
“9/11 was our fault? 7/7 was our fault? there’s been 17,000 terrorist attacks since September 11th — I guess they’re our fault,” the BBC quoted him as saying.
The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit was set up six years ago, the first outside London. Its best-known success came in 2006 when it foiled a plot to kidnap and behead a serving British Muslim soldier.