Anti-war protests have accompanied a parade honoring homecoming British soldiers from Iraq. The mainly Muslim protesters held cards saying “Anglian Soldiers: Butchers of Basra” and “Anglian Soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists”, among others.
Two individuals got arrested; one lost his airside pass for Luton Airport where he worked as a baggage handler. His father, however, does not see any harm done by the protests and asserts that his son is proud to be British. The 21-year-old was among a 20-strong group who took part in the demonstration. It has probably been organized by hard-line Islamist group Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, which took over from banned organization Al-Muhajiroun. The group has announced more protests.