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Home from the war… and British troops are greeted by abuse from Muslim protesters

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2009

UK Daily Mail

By Michael Seamark, Andrew Levy and Matt Sandy
11th March 2009

Twice in two years they have fought in Iraq. Twelve of their regimental comrades paid the ultimate price there and in Afghanistan.

Over the past two years they have spent day after day patrolling hostile territory, where every passer-by could have a gun or a bomb.

So the 200 men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment perhaps had a right to expect a heroes’ welcome yesterday on a homecoming parade through Luton.

Muslims

Venom: Faces contorted with fury, some of the Muslim demonstrator who marred the homecoming of the Royal Anglian Regiment yesterday

 

Troops

Returning heroes: Members of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment parding through Luton yesterday after their tour of duty in Iraq

 

Instead, they were faced with the hate-filled jeers of anti-war protesters waving placards saying: ‘Anglian soldiers: Butchers of Basra,’ and ‘Anglian soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists.’

There was a furious reaction from the hundreds lining the streets to support the soldiers – known as the Poachers. Shouting ‘scum’ and

‘no surrender to the Taliban’, they turned on the Muslim demonstrators.

Police were already out in force to protect the anti-war group and arrested two men among the soldiers’ supporters.

luton

Sickening: The protesters had printed out placards, branding the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment ‘cowards’ and ‘killers’

luton

Police closely monitor the anti-Army group as the 200-strong regiment passes through Luton town centre

Last night the mother of David Hicks, a captain with the Royal Anglian Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan in August 2007, called the protests ‘extremely distressing’.

One Response to “Home from the war… and British troops are greeted by abuse from Muslim protesters”

  1. curly said

    We may find the opinions objectionable but we must protect their rights to free speech.

    [Agreed on free speech, so why are European governments persecuting those who critique Islam? Why was Geert Wilders kept out of England over Fitna.

    Freedom of speech has to work for everyone or it works for no one. – Editor]

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