London march for Sharia abandoned

A proposed London march of Muslim extremists calling for Sharia law to be implemented in the UK has been cancelled for security reasons.

Islam4UK was planning to march from the Houses of Parliament to Trafalgar Square.

Anjem Choudary, who fronts the group, is also the leader of the radical Islamic sect Al Muhajiroun, and has in the past mocked the deaths of British soldiers.

Counter-demonstrations had been planned by other Muslim groups including the Islamic Society of Britain.

Its spokesman said: “Pressure from all sections of the community, including Muslims, has resulted in the Muhajiroun and the hot-heads rethinking their position.

“They realised very few people would turn up to support them and they would attract only very negative publicity.”

Last month Islam4UK called on all Muslims to join the march.

The group announced: “We hereby request all Muslims in the United Kingdom, in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow and all other places to join us and collectively declare that as submitters to Almighty Allah, we have had enough of democracy and man-made law and the depravity of the British culture.

“On this day we will call for a complete upheaval of the British ruling system, its members and legislature, and demand the full implementation of Sharia in Britain.”

Last month Mr Choudary told a Birmingham newspaper if the London march was successful, they “may be coming to Birmingham next”.

Mr Choudary promoted the march in an internet video in October where he called on the political leaders of the country to turn to Islam.

He said: “We invite everyone from the Queen, to the ministers, to the Parliament, from the aristocracy, to the ordinary person in Britain to embrace Islam as a way of life, as a belief.”

He added: “Save yourself and your children in this life from misery and prepare them for a great destiny in the hereafter, paradise”.

He went on to say: “Britain does not need a change of leader, it needs a revolution, indeed it needs an Islamic revolution.”