The brutal beheading and murder of a British serviceman in broad daylight in Woolwich, South London, by three men has sparked outrage and fear across the United Kingdom.
Three men, including a 28-year-old Muslim convert and British citizen of Nigerian descent, Michael Adebolajo, are under arrest in connection with the killing.
Not surprisingly, the vehemently anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic British National Party, or BNP, called the murder “unprecedented” and declared that a “line has been drawn” that could lead to a “civil war.”
In a statement on its website, BNP said “the butchering and beheading of a serving member of our armed forces by Muslim extremists…. signals the beginning of the civil war we have predicted for years.”
The party, which is the most prominent far-right political organization in Britain and is the descendant of the fascist National Front party from the 1970s and 1980s, again called for the deportation of (presumably) non-white immigrants.
“There is no place for this savagery in our country and it needs to stop,” the party stated. “Amongst other things the government must begin a program of deportation and repatriation to reverse this problem, as it will only get worse with time. How many more beheadings is it going to take for them to realize that this is nothing to be celebrated or embraced or that it is not enriching anyone?”
The party again spelled out what it believes is the disastrous effects of unchecked immigration on British society. “Clearly the multicultural ethnic cleansing of our people from their homeland is fraught with untold horrors and dangers and it must stop now,” the statement read.
In an apparent reference to statements by London Mayor Boris Johnson and British Prime Minister David Cameron that the killings had nothing to do with Islam, BNP sneered: “We have our limp-wristed politicians to blame as they have stood by with their heads buried deep in their troughs, feathering their nests and getting fat off the land whilst the dark cloud of Islam has grown ever bigger.”
BNP is planning national “days of action” in late May and early June in London to protest the beheading.
Another far-right group, the English Defence League, has already protested the incident and marched in the area of the killing and also attacked mosques in Woolwich, Braintree in Essex and Gillingham in Kent. EDL members also clashed with police on the streets of Woolwich.
The Guardian reported that the number of supporters on EDL’s Facebook page tripled overnight to more than 75,000.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who led the march, told the media: “They’re chopping our soldiers’ heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today. They’ve cut off one of our Army [member’s] heads off on the streets of London. Our next generation [is] being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam. Everyone’s had enough. There has to be a reaction, for the Government to listen, for the police to listen, to understand how angry the British public are.”
According to British media, Adebolajo was born to Christian parents in London but converted to Islam in 2003 when he was 18 and became enamored with extremist Muslim preachers including Anjem Choudary and Omar Bakri. Recent reports say British security agents at MI5 have known about Adebolajo for some time.
Palash has worked as a business journalist for 21 years in New York.