EDL spokesman, Guramit Singh, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of intentionally causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm, or distress, following complaints about his speech during a protest in Peterborough by the far-right extremist group.
From the Peterborough Today:
“Cambridgeshire Police received two complaints after Mr Singh, an unofficial leader and spokesman for the EDL, gave a speech during the EDL’s two-hour protest in the city on Saturday, December 11.”
“Mr Singh was addressing around 1,000 EDL supporters and hundreds of onlooking members of the public during his speech, which was delivered outside Peterborough Magistrates’ Court and has since been uploaded onto YouTube.”
11 people were arrested following the Peterborough demonstration for a number of offences, including possession of an offensive weapon and suspicion of assaulting police officers – adding to the tally that the EDL has already amassed.
Among the many bewildering and offensive comments he made during his speech (highlighting that bigotry and prejudice is fuelled in many levels on complete ignorance) Singh argued that Muslims do not understand what the Quran and Hadith (sayings and traditions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) actually contain, as they are originally written in Arabic. He says:
“You bring me a Muslim in this country that can read Arabic and I’ll give you a million pounds.”
“The Quran and Hadith are taught in Arabic. Muslims are not allowed to be taught Arabic in the mosque.”
That will come as news to mosques that hold Arabic classes up and down the country. He should start saving for that million pound payout. Furthermore, if Singh fears that the Quran is being manipulated by Muslims in to something other than what it is, perhaps he might consider reading the translation byArthur Arberry – an academic from Portsmouth, who translated the Quran in 1955.
In another eye opening moment during his speech, Singh went on to describe Anjem Choudary as a “good Muslim” – which perhaps should not be surprising, given that Anjem and his band of nuts are very good at providingammunition for the EDL to demonise all Muslims.
The demonstration in Peterborough is reported to have cost Cambridgeshire Police an estimated £750,000. The taxpayer is paying heavily for this display of hatred and bigotry.
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