LUTON … AGAIN !!!
Royal Anglian Parade Luton, 10/03/09, Muslim protesters
Two held during parade protests
Two people were arrested during angry scenes as 200 soldiers marched through a Bedfordshire town centre to mark their return from Iraq.
It happened as anti-war protesters held placards saying “Anglian Soldiers Go To Hell” and “Butchers of Basra”.
The two, thought to be members of the public watching the parade in Luton, were held for public order offences.
The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as the Poachers, have toured Iraq twice in two years.
Two lines of police officers divided the anti-war protesters from a large number of local residents, some waving Union and St George’s flags.
Police dogs and riot vans were also called to keep the two sides apart at the Homecoming Parade, organised by the borough council.
As the soldiers reached Luton Town Hall the small group of protesters shouted “Terrorists” and “Anglian Soldiers Go to Hell”.