Anjem Choudary supporters threaten revenge for preacher charge in online campaign
SUPPORTERS of radical preacher Anjem Choudary have launched a Twitter campaign to secure his release…and almost a third of them are from BRITAIN.
GETTY/TWITTER Supporters of Anjem Choudary have been tweeting demanding his release
The hashtag #FreeAnjemChoudary has been shared nearly 600 times already, potentially reaching 700,000 people.
In all, 28% of the people who shared the worrying rallying cry are British, with the majority of the others coming from America and Canada.
According to the data, compiled by an online analytics company, an astonishing 69% of Choudary's supporters are from those three western nations, with another 10% tweeting from Australia.
Choudary is behind bars tonight after he was remanded in custody by a judge. The 48-year-old appeared in court yesterday charged with supporting Islamic State (ISIS).
TWITTER One Twitter user posted a picture of the ISIS flag outside Big Ben
In one chilling tweet, an ISIS supporter using the hashtag posed in front of Big Ben with the terrorist group's flag.
Disturbingly, they wrote: "The black days is coming to Britain if it doesnt (sic) release the Muslims."
Others also claimed Muslims will deliver retribution on Britain over the detention of Choudary, who is one of the country's most controversial figures.
They were also tweeting in support of Mizanur Rahman, also known as Abu Baraa, who appeared in court alongside Coudary.
One user said: "Many Muslims in UK say what #FreeAnjemChoudary #FreeAbuBaraa say. We won't be scared Cameron you Taghout (infidel)."
Another wrote: "Even if no one tweets I still stand by #FreeAnjemChoudary and #FreeAbuBaraa and support them allah aid them and destroy their enemies."
A third said: "Their popularity and support will increase even more after their imprisonment. Don't get happy munafiq's (disbelievers)."
GETTY Anjem Choudary in 2011
The black days is coming to Britain if it doesnt release the Muslims
Several of the users referred to Choudary as a "lion" and called for an uprising against the British government.
One wrote: "Their speech shakes the false thrones of taghut (infidels)."
Another added: "#FreeAnjemChoudary and #FreeAbuBaraa words shook the thrones of the tawagith (non believers). May Allah release them from captivity. Ameen."
One woman described Choudary as a someone who "taught the Muslim community so much & helped the community reminding them to be good Muslim citizens"
The British preacher was arrested last year by officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter terrorism command.
It is alleged between June 29 last year and March 6 this year Mr Choudary invited support for the terrorist group, contrary to section 12 Terrorism Act 2000.
Mr Choudary, 48, of Hampton Road, Ilford in east London, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 2pm yesterday.
He allegedly supported the terror regime by posting lectures online.
He appeared alongside Mohammed Rahman, 32, of Sidney Street in Whitechapel, east London, who is also accused of inviting support for ISIS - also known as ISIL - during the same period.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.
When asked for his plea, Choudary replied to the judge: "Cameron and the police are guilty."
Both men were arrested on September 25 last year on suspicion of being members of the organisation.
Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "It is alleged that Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman invited support for ISIS in individual lectures which were subsequently published online."