The ‘Islamist’

The diary of Faisal Haque, a British Muslim activist

Who is behind the “British Oppression” demo?

Posted by theislamist on May 25, 2007

Some of you will have seen the publicity for a demonstration against “British Oppression”. It is due to be held on 15th June 2007 and stickers advertising it have appeared in Birmingham. A petition against the protest already has over 600 signatories and many inflammatory comments.

When I first saw stickers for the demonstration in my local area I did a search on Google for “British Oppression” and found that a cached version of the website for the demonstration mentioned that it was the website of Omar Bakri Mohammad. So it is clear to me from this and the content of the advert for the demo, that it is being organised by his followers – they are known by the names Al-Muhajiroun, Al-Ghurabaa, the Saved Sect and the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah.

They were behind the demonstration outside the Danish embassy where their activists held placards stating “Massacre those who insult Islam” and “7/7 on its way”. The demonstration was seized upon by the Government to push through new legislation on the vague offence of the ‘glorification’ of terrorism.

In September 2006, one of their activists Abu Izzadeen, was able to get remarkably close to the Home Secretary John Reid. Again, his outburst on that occasion was presented by Reid and other ministers as evidence of widespread ‘radicalisation’ in the Muslim community. Reid utilised the encounter in his speech to the Labour party conference and in the New Statesman, Darcus Howe wrote that the “clash was staged by Reid and his cohorts at the Home Office. They organised the meeting, Abu Izzadeen was invited in advance – his performance guaranteed – and the press was alerted to film and report the confrontation.”

After the 7/7 attacks, Izzadeen had appeared on Newsnight and described the suicide bombers as “completely praiseworthy”. At that time, his comments were again seized upon by Government to bring forward a series of new anti-terrorism measures.

In the publicity for next month’s demo, the organisers have tried to conceal who is really behind it. Although, a few have speculated that the Islamist group HT may be behind it, it doesn’t seem to be their style and in any case their spokesman has distanced them from it saying that they “believe that the posting of such material damages community relations and does nothing to create harmony between the city’s residents.”

I have no doubt that there are legitimate concerns about foreign policy, media coverage of Islam and the Muslim community, terror laws, rendition and so on and so forth. These concerns are shared by many Muslims and non-Muslims from across the political spectrum.

However, I believe that this demo is being organised by agent provocateurs who will fuel the Government’s propaganda that the Muslim community is full of ‘radicalised’ hotheads. It will damage community relations and will be used to justify further erosion of the civil liberties of ordinary Muslims and non-Muslims. Judging by the inflammatory postings on the petition website, it is clear that the mere advertising of this demonstration is causing a wave of Islamophobia.

The question that must be asked is how the organisers have managed to secure permission for the demonstration at Downing Street, inside the exclusion zone? I hate to be sceptical, but I wonder whether the Government does not mind such events from taking place, as they can be capitalised on later, as has been seen in the past.

I certainly won’t be attending the demo and would advise my brothers and sisters to completely boycott it.

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6 Responses to “Who is behind the “British Oppression” demo?”

  1. As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    Another idea could be for Muslims to counter-demonstrate, or else infiltrate it with messages embarrassing to or otherwise aimed at the ex-Muhajiroun, in their style – perhaps referring to their fondness for media exposure, their value to the state and to the enemies of the Muslims. In the past, the fact that these demos have been tiny affairs rejected by most Muslims has never kept people from using them to cast suspicion on Muslims; perhaps a public show of opposition to them would not go amiss this time.

  2. tahirkhan said

    As Salaam Alaykum

    Faruk Miah (faruk.miah2000@yahoo.co.uk)
    +44.07745 388 220
    Fax: +.
    24 Little Green Terrace, White Road,
    Manchester, Manchester M90 9JH
    GB

    This is who registered the URL: britishoppression.com

  3. theislamist said

    I have also checked the registrant details for the URL, but that address does not even exist – it is a fake address.

  4. British Oppression

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum. Things are going well here and I have some photos I plan to upload shortly and his will probably be my last post until I return. Since this blogger is another one in the long line of Islamophobes trying to paint this as a &#82…

  5. muslimdude said

    As salaamu alaikum:

    I think you are probably right about the fact that the people likely behind this campaign are probably the al-Mujaharoon, al-ghuraba people, or others that totally agree and sympathize with their ideology. However, and I hope I’m wrong, but I think maybe you are giving too much credit to some of our brothers and sisters out there, in essence implying that most of them disagree with the al-Mujaharoon types and their “ideology,” and that only alleged “agent provocateurs” would want to proceed with this event. I definitely am no expert, but, IMHO, much of the ummah, especially amongst the younger people are very, very ignorant on what can and cannot be done in terms of combatants, noncombatants, fighting, qitall, etc., and the various rules and regulations, etc.

    No, I do not live there (I live in the US), and I assume you do, but on many message boards and blogs, one can see over and over that many Muslims (including from the US and I’m sure many other non-Muslim, and Muslim lands) although I’m sure a minority — absolutely, unequivocally, and totally respect, adore, and defend what these extremist jahil brothers have said and done in the past. Some will go on and on, ranting about how these brothers are the only so-called “true” shuyukh, and how great, and courageous, etc. they are (they seem to equate as someone being “true” shuyukh only when they say killing, or mass bombing noncombatant kuffar is 100%, totally halaal) Of course they mention “shaykh” Abu Hamza, “shaykh” Abu Izzedine, “shaykh” Faisal, “shaykh” Omar Bakri, Anjum Choudhry, etc. SubhanAllah, I have also seen them praise the foolish so-called would be “shaheed” (as they say) Richard Reid, and have also seen them praise Mohammed Sidique Khan as a great “mujahid,” and “shaheed,” astaghfirAllah.

    Anyway, sorry to ramble on here but to me it is very depressing that, at least relatively speaking, although they are a minority (insha’Allah), so many of our brothers and sisters, IMHO, seem to support the “ideology” of the al-Mujaharoon types.

  6. […] taking place today. I’m surprised it was allowed to go ahead. As many on the earlier post and on blogs have pointed out, it is very likely to be Al-Mujjies and Al-Gubbies who are behind this rather than […]

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