Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Emdadur Choudhury fined £50 for burning poppies

Here is Emdadur Choudhury

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.


chefdave said...

Fining the guy was a bad idea, I think it's important that Muslim's like Choudhury here are allowed to air their views as often and as openly as possible.

It'll remind the public exactly what they're dealing with and hopefully sting them into action.

Anonymous said...

I agree with chefdave. Additionally, I'd like to live in a society in which speech is pretty much unfettered - whether I oppose it or not. It's about the clash of ideas.