Update: A report on the events described below has been published in Dawn.
The British Salafist group Muslims Against Crusades was banned by the Home Secretary last month. Its successor organization, United Ummah, staged a demonstration today in front of the American embassy in London, protesting drone strikes by NATO against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Members of the English Defence League attempted a counter-demonstration, but were kept at a distance by police. More than twenty people were arrested, all of them from the Muslim demonstration. This was a refreshing change from the standard procedure of the Metropolitan Police, who have proved reluctant to arrest Muslims in the past, preferring the easier targets in the EDL.
The number arrested was also a significant percentage of the total number of United Ummah demonstrators, estimated to be between 30 and 300, depending on whose report you read.
EDL Buck was on hand to record the day’s events in Grosvenor Square. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading these videos: