British soldiers heckled by Muslim war protesters

A group of Muslim protesters heckled British soldiers and brandished placards opposing the war in Afghanistan during a homecoming parade for troops in east London.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 16:10 PM IST

London: A group of Muslim protesters
heckled British soldiers and brandished placards opposing the
war in Afghanistan during a homecoming parade for troops in
east London.

The protesters, wearing black shirts, gathered in
Barking town centre, as members of the 1st Battalion Royal
Anglian Regiment marched through the streets yesterday.

There were about 25 to 30 Muslim protesters, carrying
placards saying "Muslims Against Crusades" and "British
Soldiers go to Hell."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two people had
been arrested for public order offences.

Barking and Dagenham councillor Liam Smith said the
march was unaffected by the protest.

He said: "I`m glad the actions of a vocal minority
failed to spoil what was a proud day in the borough`s history
and one we will remember for all the right reasons in years to
come.

The Royal Anglians are our local regiment.

We are proud of them and the difficult and dangerous
job they do, and as today`s turnout for the parade showed, so
are the people of Barking and Dagenham."

PTI