Over a thousand Muslims took to the streets of London in a protest march that featured chants of “Allahu Akbar!” and was attended by members of a group that calls for a pan-global Islamic caliphate, the U.K. Express reported.
The rally, which convened outside the empty Syrian embassy in London, was billed as an alternative to an official rally against bloodshed in Syria.
However, during an hour-long set of speeches, the crowd “cheered for those calling for a global caliphate,” the Express reported.
Breitbart reported that Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, a group that has called for a worldwide caliphate, also handed out placards at the event. They also reported that Muslims in the crowd were “self-segregated” by gender.
There was even a poet at the event, who also called for the replacement of democratically elected governments with theocracy:
“We need a Caliph who will clean up these streets. Who will smack up armies and who will back beef (fighting).
Backhand your missiles back to your land, that’s the plan.
World domination at hand. We can expand and take out these fools.”
Breitbart also noted that at least one individual in the crowd appeared to be carrying a Taliban flag.
While individuals from Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain and CAGE were involved, it was not immediately clear who organized the event.
What was clear, however, is how dangerous thinking like this is to a functioning Democracy. Were this event to have been organized in the U.S., we would fully support the First Amendment right of Muslims — or anyone else — to gather and express themselves freely.
However, we would also consider calling for the establishment of a global caliphate, to the degree that it would replace our democratic republic, as sedition. It may or may not be First Amendment-protected free speech; but it’s definitely something that should be watched carefully.
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