Jan 10 2010
"Yes, we branded the troops rapists, murderers, baby killers and terrorists, but we meant no offense"
A British MUSLIM protester accused of shouting abuse at a soldiers’ homecoming parade said his group went out of their way not to cause offense.
Munim Abdul, 29, and six other Muslim men are accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour during the parade by the Royal Anglian Regiment through Luton, Beds, on March 10 last year.
Abdul said: “We chose our words carefully. We did not intend to distress or alarm anyone. The banners were saying they are murderers. “We meant the entity of the British Forces are a murdering entity. We meant they are killing people when there is no justification. The war was illegal. Anyone that kills was a murderer.”
Asked about the claims that the soldiers were rapists, he said that an Amnesty International report recorded many cases of abuse He said the soldiers were described as “baby killers” because of the bombing of towns and villages. He added: “We are not judging an individual, we are judging the Armed Forces as an entity.”
He and Jubair Ahmed, 19, Jalal Ahmed, 21, Yousaf Bashir, 29, Shajjadar Choudhury, 31, Ibrahim Anderson, 32, and Ziaur Rahman, 32, – all from Luton – are appearing before the town’s JPs. Case continues. UK SUN
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