Muslim group plans British royal wedding protest

Muslims Against Crusades has sought permission to protest on the wedding day.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

London: A group called Muslims Against
Crusades has applied for permission to protest outside
Westminster Abbey on the day of the royal wedding, British
police said on Tuesday.

The force has rejected the request as they have the
power to ban protests along the main route that Prince William
and Kate Middleton will take back from the abbey to Buckingham
Palace.

However, the group may be able to stage a protest
nearby and police said they were in negotiations on the
matter.

A counter-demonstration is also planned by the English
Defence League, which staged numerous protests against radical
Islam in recent months, many of them turning violent.

"We`ve just been given notice of two potential
demonstrations on April 29 one by the Muslims Against Crusades
and the other by the English Defence League," a police
spokesman said.

"We`re currently in negotiations with both parties."

Muslims Against Crusades says on its website that
William is "one of the biggest advocates of British
imperialism" and through his army and air force career has
"direct involvement with the murderous British military".

It vowed to stage a "forceful demonstration" against
Britain`s interventions in Muslim countries, warning that "the
day which the nation has been dreaming of for so long will
become a nightmare".

Lynne Owens, assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard,
told the BBC: "We see this as a day of celebration and what we
will be doing is making sure that no protest disrupts that
celebration of the royal family."

"We have to authorise a demonstration but we can put
conditions on that demonstration and it`s that negotiation
process that we`re engaged with at the moment," she added.

About 5,000 officers are being deployed to police the
royal wedding, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands
of people onto the streets of London.

PTI

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