Muslimske ekstremister demonstrerte på minnedagen over falne soldater i første verdenskrig. Mens Storbritannia innledet de tradisjonelle to minutters stillhet for å hedre de dødes minne, bar demonstrantene plakater med «islam vil dominere» og skrek «Britiske soldater, brenn i helvete».
– Ironisk nok er det den friheten tusenvis sloss og døde for som tillater dem å holde demonstrasjonen sin på slaget 11 – det eksakte øyeblikket da nasjonen stanset ved cenotapen, skriver Daily Mail:
But three miles across London from the Armistice Day ceremony at the Cenotaph, another face of Britain was on display. It was contorted with hatred, poisoned by politics, and fuelled by flames from a giant, burning poppy.
The protesters were even given a police escort to their protest venue near the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, thankfully the closest they were allowed to the focal point of Britain’s remembrance tribute yesterday.
War, inevitably, linked the two events, yet they could hardly have been more different. At one, violence and venom. At the other, dignity and deference.
The two-minute silence was observed so strictly that the stillness it brought to this part of London was startling.
Over at Kensington, however, the fanatics from Muslims Against Crusades, as they labelled themselves, were just kicking off.
No silence was observed here. Captured on film, they burned a large model poppy, and chanted slogans protesting at what was happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spokesman Asad Ullah said: ‘We find it disgusting that innocent people, innocent children, have been killed in an illegal and unjust war and we are demonstrating against that.’
Jonny’s grandfather shook his head when he heard what had happened.
‘I’m stunned,’ he said. ‘Almost speechless.
‘It’s totally disrespectful to those who gave their lives. It’s absolutely insulting.’
Back at the Cenotaph, Jonny went marching home.
With luck, the word-of-mouth message he spreads will endure longer than the one the extremists were screaming.