Last updated at 7:13 PM on 24th May 2011
Muslim activists descended on Downing Street today in protest at Barack Obama’s state visit to London.
As the president met David Cameron in Whitehall, an angry crowd of burka clad women as well as protesters from Muslims Against Crusades gathered on the streets outside.
They were joined by a number of prominent campaigners, including Anjem Choudary.The radical cleric said that President Obama has made himself a ‘legitimate target’ for Muslim extremists after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
He called for Mr Obama to be dragged before a sharia court over his role in the war in Afghanistan.
Anger: Muslim women in burkas demonstrate in Whitehall as President Barack Obama visits Downing Street
Taken away: A Muslim protester is removed from the scene by police after protesting about Mr Obama’s presence in Britain
Stop and search: Police officers with a group of Muslim protesters near Downing Street today
Anger: Police drag away a protester as Muslims Against Crusades leader Anjem Choudary said President Obama was a legitimate target for his followers
Fury: Protesters claimed that Obama was worst than Osama Bin Laden
Attack: Demonstrators have criticised Mr Obama’s policies in the Middle East as well as his decision to sanction the shooting of Bin Laden
Speaking before the march on Downing Street Choudary said Mr Obama was enemy number one for Muslims.
Choudary said Obama was an ‘even greater killer of Muslims’ than his predecessor George Bush.
He said: ‘Just like Osama Bin Laden is the number one enemy for the west, Obama is for Muslims.
‘He is a war criminal, it goes without saying. He has slain more Muslims than even his predecessor George Bush and has overseen the escalation of the war on Islam.
‘He must be arrested and face a sharia court for his crimes.’
Angry Muslims: Women wearing veils display placards against Obama and democracy outside Downing Street
Pause for prayer: A police man watches protesters carry out an act of worship at the side of the road
<Hate-filled: Extremist cleric Anjem Choudary, who is calling for Mr Obama to stand before a sharia court for ‘killing Muslims’
Security: Armed police await the departure of Mr and Mrs Obama from Westminster Abbey
He added: ‘The only security risk in today’s march will be because some may see him as a legitimate target for what he has done.
‘The anti-Obama camp is far bigger than the pro-Obama.
Choudary said he was also holding the demonstration to voice his disapproval with the way the U.S. administration killed terrorist chief Osama bin Laden.
He said: ‘They say they believe in justice and yet they act like common criminals breaking in and killing a man.
‘If they wanted justice they should have captured Osama and taking him to a Sharia Court to face charges instead they act like common criminals and murders.’
Choudary was eventually dragged away by police, prompting scuffles to break out with his supporters.
Warm welcome: The protests took place as the Obamas were greeted by David and Samantha Cameron at Downing Street