Muslims march on Google UK to protest Innocence video
Thousands join demo outside London HQ. Next they want to unite religions in 'campaign for civility'
THE organiser of a rally against Google that attracted thousands of Muslims in central London yesterday has said protests against the YouTube owner will continue until it agrees to take down the trailer for the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.
Ten thousand people travelled from Glasgow, Blackburn, Manchester and elsewhere to the protest outside Google's London offices in Victoria, The Daily Telegraph reports. The BBC put the number at up to 3,500.
Banners read 'We love our prophet more than our lives' and 'Prophet Muhammad is the founder of freedom of speech'.
Organiser Masoud Alam said: "Our next protest will be at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world. We are looking to ban this film. This is not freedom of expression, there is a limit for that. This insult of the Prophet will not be allowed."
Alam said that in the next few weeks there would be a "million strong" march in London's Hyde Park. "Until it is banned we will keep protesting," he said.
The trailer for Innocence of Muslims sparked unrest across the Arab world when it was brought to prominence by an Egyptian TV presenter last month. It is unclear whether the full length film even exists, but that did not stop mobs of Islamists attacking Western embassies in Sudan, Egypt and Yemen.
Sheikh Siddiqui, a barrister from Nuneaton, said at yesterday's protest that he wanted to form a "campaign for civility" with other religions and even Conservatives.
"We want everyone in society to recognise these people are wrecking our fragile global society. We want the Church, the Synod, Jewish groups and establishment figures involved," he said.
A YouTube spokesperson said: "We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions.
"This can be a challenge because what's OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video - which is widely available on the web - is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube." ·