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article imageIn wake of beheading, 2,000 march in anti-Muslim demonstration

By Michael Krebs     May 25, 2013 in World
Newcastle - In the wake of the brutal Islamist-inspired beheading of a British soldier in London this week, right-wing protesters marched in the streets of Newcastle to demand an end to the 'Islamification' of Britain.
At a protest march on Saturday in Newcastle that was originally assembled to object to the spread of Islamic schools in Britain, the assembled crowd found a more emotional cause to rally around - marching under right-wing banners in the wake of the brutal Islamist-inspired beheading of a young British soldier in London earlier this week, as Al Jazeera reported.
British authorities are concerned about possible anti-Muslim backlash this weekend, and a larger anti-Islam march is scheduled for next weekend in London. It is estimated that as many as 2,000 people participated in the Newcastle demonstration.
As the International Business Times reported on Saturday, both the English Defence League and Newcastle Unites participated in the Newcastle marches.
The Woolwich beheading shocked the nation, bringing, as Con Coughlin at the Telegraph termed it, an Al Qaeda "terror manual" application to the streets of London.
"The whole country's outraged by what's happened this week," a Newcastle marcher told Al Jazeera. "And we've seen no strong leadership from one politician. All we're hearing about is how the Muslims are victims. That's all I'm hearing on the news. Muslims are victims. Muslims are scared. Muslims are scared? How do you think soldier's wives feel now, walking into barracks in this country?"
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