After Osama bin Laden was killed, Choudary held a funeral prayer in front of the US embassy in London. Today, he organizes rallies and protest marches in support of the resistance in Syria and against Guantanamo. Before the attack in Woolwich, he wrote on Twitter that the recent tornadoes in the US were God’s response to the oppression of the Muslims.
A friend of Choudary’s steps up to the table. He calls himself Mohammed and also wears a black robe. He is in an excellent mood. “The entire country’s afraid now,” he says with glee. Mohammed says that he happened to run into Adebolajo a few weeks ago, “but didn’t notice anything special about him.”
Whether the entire country is indeed afraid is debatable. Emotions, however, have certainly been stirred. Last Wednesday evening, at least 60 masked right-wing extremists from the English Defense League (EDL) gathered in front of a pub in Woolwich. This aggressive and extremely violent group, founded in 2009, regularly holds protest marches against the presumed Islamization of the UK — and Islamists have begun to defend themselves. The murder has increased the risk of an escalation.
It was only in late April that six men from Birmingham confessed to planning an attack on the English Defense League. Last summer, the men packed two sawed-off shotguns, knives and a homemade explosive device into a vehicle and drove to a demonstration by the right-wing radicals. They took along a letter claiming responsibility that was addressed to the queen and the prime minister. It said: “Today is a day of revenge.” It was only by chance that the police took notice of the men and were able to stop them in time.