The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo.
The demonstration became an alternative to an official rally calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria outside Downing Street.
Asim Qureshi, director of the Muslim rights group CAGE, who once called Jihadi John 'beautiful', laid the blame for the situation in Aleppo at America’s door, saying: “Never forget who is the problem here.As anyone can see, the British people are rapidly being replaced. This is one of the most important geopolitical revolutions in history. And no one can even talk about it without facing criminal sanctions from the government in London.
“When they say ‘look, America is the one who is going to come and help you in this’, then we have to remind them. Go back to the beginning of the war on terror when we were investigating cases of individuals being put on rendition flights to Syria where they had the soles of their feet beaten by the Syrian regime the moment they arrived in prison.
“And who sent them there? The Americans, the CIA.”
The crowd, mostly drawn from mosques across London, was largely self-segregated with many of the women wearing Islamic clothing. It soon grew to block off the entire road, with many in the crowd waving what looked to be the Taliban flag, while others were handed placards made by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, which calls for the reestablishment of a caliphate. It is not clear who organised the demonstration...If current immigration policies continue, they are right.
The speed at which the large gathering was drawn lies in stark contrast to a recent demonstration calling for the rapid implementation of Brexit. That event was widely publicised for a number of weeks on social media but only drew a few dozen people.
But Haitham al-Hadad, a Saudi-trained Salafist Muslim, congratulated last night’s crowd on drawing together to rapidly and in such large numbers. “This gathering today – in a matter of a few hours, hundreds of brothers and sisters coming together – is a sign of positivity and revival, and a sign of victory for Allah,” he said.
[Watch: British Muslims Gather In Show of Strength To Demand Caliphate, by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart, December 14, 2016]