Choudhury: Burned poppies during 2 minute silence
During last year's Armistice Day (November 11th) ceremony in Kensington, West London, Choudhury burned poppies and his supporters chanted, "British soldiers burn in hell". For this insulting behaviour he was yesterday fined £50, which he rightly remarked is only £10 more than a parking ticket.
Supporters clash with police
Fortunately for Choudhury he receives £800 a month in welfare benefits from the British taxpayer, so finding the cash shouldn't be too hard.
The Leeds-born (his parents moved here from Bangladesh) 26-year-old father of two declared: "I don’t have any respect for British soldiers, and if they lose a limb or two in Afghanistan then they deserve it. You expect me to feel sorry for them? Of course I don’t."
Some think the sentence is a little on the lenient side. However, in the USA it wouldn't have been an offence at all. It would have been a "protected" act - allowed by the 1st amendment to the constitution. This blog tends to agree. It was not so much criminal as in bad taste. Ideally the court would simply have given him an absolute discharge - followed by deportation to the muslim land of his choice of course.