As condemnation of the nearly six-year old civil war in Syria, in which roughly half a million people have died, becomes a cause celebre in recent weeks, with the ongoing battle for Aleppo drawing attention to the humanitarian crisis that has wracked the region since 2011, a group of Muslims in the UK gathered to protest the regime of Bashar Assad.
But the demonstration, which took place in front of the Syrian embassy building in London last week, veered off into an explicitly Islamist agenda, with participants calling for the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East and condemning the United States for its alleged role in the crisis.
More than 1,000 Muslims chanted slogans outside of the shuttered Syrian embassy building, shouting “Allahu Akbar” and calling for America to receive its “punishment”.
According to Breitbart News, the demonstration was organized by Salafist leader Haitham al-Hadad.
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