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A homecoming march by British troops returning from Iraq was today marred by ugly scenes as Muslim anti-war protesters hurled abuse at the parading soldiers.
Around 20 men in Islamic dress yelled ‘terrorists’ and held placards denouncing the soldiers as ‘butchers of Basra’ and ‘baby killers’ as they marched through Luton in Bedfordshire.
Other signs described the 200 men and women from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment as ‘Criminals, Murderers Terrorists’.
The atmosphere further deteriorated when locals waving St George’s flags turned on the protesting group chanting ‘Scum’ and ‘No surrender to the Taliban’ .
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Ugly scenes: A group of Muslims waved placards today as the soldiers approached Luton town centre after their second tour in Iraq within two years
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Sickening: The protesters had printed out placards, branding the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment ‘cowards’ and ‘killers’
* GallowayÂ gives money, vehicles to Hamas in Gaza
“Â We are giving you now 100 vehicles and all of their contents, and we make no apology for what I am about to say. We are giving them to the elected government of Palestine,” Galloway said at a press conference in Gaza City.
Galloway said he personally would be donating three cars and 25,000 pounds (35,000 dollars) to Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya as he dared the West to try to prosecute him for aiding what it considers a terror group.
“I say now to the British and European governments, if you want to take me to court I promise you there is no jury in all of Britain who will convict me. They will convict you.”
Officers and dog handlers were drafted in to keep the sides apart and five people were arrested for public order offences.
A police spokesman said the arrested men were members of the crowd watching the march, rather than the protesters.
The regiment, known as The Poachers, had just returned from their second sixth-month tour in Iraq within two years.
Luton’s Mayor Councillor Lakhbir Singh said: ‘The Royal Anglian Regiment was given freedom of the town some years ago and we are proud to welcome them back.’
As the parade finished in St George’s Square in front of the Duke of Gloucester, police had to force the protesters into a small area reserved for them at the town’s Arndale Shopping Centre.
Superintendent Andy Martin said: ‘Bedfordshire Police has been involved in the planning stages of this event from the beginning and were on hand to ensure members of the public who wished to watch it could do so safely while anyone wanting to exercise their right to lawful protest could also be accommodated.Â Â Â Â
Police closely monitor the anti-Army group as the 200-strong regiment passes through Luton town centre[…]
Critics questioned why police had protected the protesters from the angry crowds in Luton rather arresting them immediately for inciting racial hatred.
Tory MP and former infantry commander Patrick Mercer said: ‘Police must make a judgement at the time but it is not palatable to me.’
He added: ‘It is because of men like The Poachers that these individuals have the freedom to speak about these things. That, clearly, must be a good thing but it doesn’t make it any more acceptable.‘I don’t believe that our soldiers have misbehaved on operations and it is a sad indictment that otherwise decent people believe this nasty piece of xenophobic rhetoric.’
the enemy in our midst ……….andÂ Theo Spark predicted it yesterday here: