UK: 22 held over demo against Pak drone attacks



UK: 22 held over demo against Pak drone attacks London: Twenty-two people were arrested on Friday after a demonstration outside the US Embassy in central London to protest against drone attacks in Pakistan.

Twenty of them were held on suspicion of being members of banned group Muslims Against Crusades, while two others were arrested over violent disorder and obstruction.

Those taking part in the protest said they were members of a group called United Ummah.

The group Muslims Against Crusades was banned in the UK by Home Secretary Theresa May in November.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a "small number of people" remained at the demonstration.

The demonstration was reportedly advertised online on YouTube, Twitter and various forums and in a publicity video as a gathering to expose "the recent spate of anti-Muslim drone strikes that have been launched by the US government against innocent Muslims".

PTI