Friday, December 02, 2011

22 arrested as "United Ummah" protests "drone strikes" in Pakistan

 British police say 22 people have been arrested outside of the US Embassy in London during a protest over the American use of drones in Pakistan.
Scotland Yard confirmed the arrests on Friday at the demonstration, organised by a group calling itself ”United Ummah.”
Police said 20 people were arrested on suspicion of being members of a group banned by the Home Office. It would not say what group it believed the suspects belong to. One other person was arrested for violent disorder and another for obstruction.
”United Ummah” does not appear on the Home Office’s list of banned groups, but prescribed organisations have rebranded themselves in the past after they were featured.
The demonstration was advertised online – on YouTube, Twitter and various forums – and in a publicity video as a gathering to expose ”the recent spate of anti-Muslim drone strikes that have been launched by the US government against innocent Muslims.”
US and Pakistan diplomatic relations hit a new low following US-led Nato strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last week, with officials from both countries offering different accounts of how two Pakistan army posts were attacked before dawn on Saturday....

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