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At long last, that unicorn, that elusive beast, the moderate Muslim appears and opposes Chaudary. May they be joined by the hundreds of thousands more. It certainly is one way this thing can be solved.
A group of Muslim protesters set fire to an American flag outside the US embassy in London during a minute’s silence to mark the moment that the first hijacked airliner hit the World Trade Center 10 years ago.
By Andy Bloxham
2:39PM BST 11 Sep 2011
The group of around 100 men shouted “USA terrorists”, brandished anti-American placards and chanted through a loudhailer.
Several members of the Muslim groups made anti-American speeches following the flag burning.
One said: “You will always face suffering, you will always face humiliation, unless you withdraw your troops from Muslim lands.”
Another declared that America had been “defeated in Iraq and defeated in Afghanistan”.
Members of the group publicly burned a poppy on Armistice Day in a similar stunt.
However, a small opposing group of Muslims – some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles to rebut the extremists – staged a counter-demonstration nearby, holding up placards reading “Muslims Against Extremism” and “If You Want Sharia, Move To Saudi”.
Abdul Sallam, 41, who was waving a sign that read “Keep The Silence”, travelled down to London from his home in Glasgow to show the strength of his feelings.
He said: “I’m a Muslim. What they’re doing is bringing shame on all Muslims. This is not part of the teachings of Islam.
“Islam teaches you that when you see anything bad or evil, you should speak out against it.
“If the moderate Muslims all came out and spoke out, that would defeat them.
“I am proud to be British. I love my country. All these people are doing is breaking Britain apart.”
One of the Grosvenor Square memorial service attendees, who did not want to be named, said the protesters should be stopped from standing just across the road from the embassy and using a loud megaphone.
The man, whose cousin died in the terror attacks, said: “They shouldn’t be allowed to do it. It’s very disrespectful. It’s too loud.”
He added: “They can say what they want but not with the loudspeaker.”
Earlier a group of right-wing English Defence League protesters, who had gathered in response to the demonstration, were ordered to move on to accommodate the MAC supporters.
The 60-strong group of EDL supporters briefly scuffled with police as they were forced away from their original location to a different part of Grosvenor Square.