The BNP to block road in Wootton Bassett, if march is allowed
Johnson says march can be banned on police or council requests
5th January 2010: The British National Party (BNP) leaders said they would physically block the road in Wootton Bassett, should the authorities permit Islamist march in the town to proceed.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown too has condemned the plans by a controversial Islamic group to stage a march through Wootton Bassett, the town known for honouring soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Describing it as "abhorrent and offensive", he has in a statement asserted Wiltshire town has assumed a "special significance" in the life of the nation, which should be respected.
Brown said he was personally appalled by the prospect of a march in Wootton Bassett.
The plan, by Islam4UK, to parade along the town’s high street with empty coffins symbolising the Muslim victims of the conflict in Afghanistan, has already been widely condemned by not only the politicians and civic leaders, but even the mainstream Muslim groups.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said he would have "no hesitation" in supporting a ban on the march, if police or the council requested one.
The BNP, in its official statement, announced it would “defend Wootton Bassett and the memory of our fallen heroes. Nick Griffin MEP, Andrew Brons MEP and Richard Barnbrook AM will block the path of the Muslim fanatics.”
The statement said the party had warned the authorities after the Luton incident that unless militant Islamism was curbed in Britain, the problem would grow worse.
The statement said the British National Party would take a stand “in defence of our heroes by having our two MEPs and our London assembly member use their own bodies to physically block the street and any attempt by Muslim fanatics to insult the memory of our fallen soldiers”.