Friday, 10 September 2010

Anjem Choudary to burn flag outside US Embassy on 9/11

(Reuters) - British Muslim activists plan to burn the U.S. flag outside the American embassy on Sept. 11 to voice anger at plan by a U.S. Christian pastor to burn copies of the Koran the same day, a hardline Islamist said on Thursday.

Anjem Choudary said in remarks to Reuters he expected like-minded groups to stage flag burnings in the United States, Belgium, Ireland, Lebanon and Indonesia to highlight what he called the U.S. occupation of Muslim lands.

"We have called for the people to burn the American flag so that instead of being humiliated or being intimidated they can make this day a day to remember the atrocities being committed in Muslim lands and to expose the aggressor," Choudary said.


(Reuters) - A Christian pastor said on Thursday he was canceling a plan to burn the Koran, which had drawn international condemnation and a warning from President Barack Obama that it could provoke al Qaeda suicide bombings.

Terry Jones, who heads the tiny Dove World Outreach Center church in the Florida university town of Gainesville, told journalists outside his church in this Florida town that he was calling off his plan.

He said at the same time that an agreement had been reached with Muslim leaders to move the location of an Islamic cultural center and mosque planned close to the site of the September 11 attacks in New York.

But sources close to New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said there was no agreement to move the site of the proposed Muslim cultural center.

The planned location has been opposed by many who have said it is insensitive to families of the 2001 victims of the attacks by militant Islamist group al Qaeda.

Jones said he had been promised by Muslim leaders in New York that the location would be changed.

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