Britons from various faiths have turned their back on racism foiling a far right bid to exploit the murder of an off-duty soldier last week in Woolwich, southeast London, the Sunday People reports.
Demos by the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL) flopped – and a march in London was even outnumbered by a nearby protest against badger culling, according to newspaperâ„¢s report.
The scenes took place as suspect Michael Adebolajo, 28, was charged with Drummer Lee Rigbyâ„¢s murder as was the other assailant Michael Adebowale, 22.
Bigots using the atrocity to push a right-wing agenda faced a united front from people shouting slogans like Å“Fascist scum off our streets” and Å“weâ„¢re black and white and Asian and weâ„¢re Jews.” At one rally not a single EDL supporter turned up, the report said.
Apart from a few skirmishes, a BNP demo by just 150 people in Whitehall, Central London, passed without serious incident. BNP leader Nick Griffin moaned: Å“People who wanted to come have been turned away by the police.
Å“People have been attacked by the Far Left gang on their way in, so perhaps thatâ„¢s cut numbers.”
Drummer Rigbyâ„¢s family had opposed BNP plans to march in the name of the 25-year-old soldier, who was hacked to death near his barracks in Woolwich, South-east London on May 22. Relatives including his mother Lyn, stepfather Ian, wife Rebecca and son Jack, said: Å“Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to attack others.
Å“We would not wish other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm.” Police held 58 anti-fascist protesters for breach of the peace.
Meanwhile eight miles away across the capital, worshipers at the Lewisham Islamic Centre – where Lee Rigby murder suspect Adejobajo is said to have prayed – were joined by campaigners and locals in a show of unity.
People from various faiths showed their support. Cafe worker Ismail said: Å“We want to show we are together and are not scared.”
This article originally appeared on: Press TV