The U.K. Daily Telegraph is reporting that up to 10,000 Muslims protested at Google offices in London Sunday over material offensive to the Prophet Muhammad, specifically a YouTube video that was earlier blamed for protests throughout the Middle East.
One of the organizers, Masoud Alam, threatened that until the film is banned, they will continue to protest at Google and YouTube offices around the world (YouTube is a subsidiary of Google).
“This is not freedom of expression, there is a limit for that. This insult of the Prophet will not be allowed,” he remarked. “Until it is banned, we will keep protesting.”
Protesters’ signs primarily said the company’s executives support “terrorism,” that Muhammad “gave light to the dark ages,” and “how dare you insult the blessed Prophet.”
The Telegraph continues:
Barricades were erected in front of Google’s headquarters and a crowd bearing placards with the words “We love our prophet more than our lives” and “Prophet Muhammad is the founder of freedom of speech” had amassed by lunchtime.
Speeches by more than a dozen imams in a mixture of Arabic, Urdu, and English urged Muslims to honour the name of the Prophet and not to back down in the face of Google’s continuing reluctance to act, and were met with passionate cries of “God is Great” and “Mohammad is the Prophet of God” in Arabic.
One of the speakers, Sheikh Faiz Al-Aqtab Siddiqui, told The Daily Telegraph: “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people.
“Organisations like Google are key players and have to take responsibility for civility. You can’t just say it doesn’t matter that it’s freedom of speech. It’s anarchy.” [Emphasis added]
The protest lasted for between three and four hours and, according to The Telegraph, blocked roads “almost up to the Queen’s doorstep.” When asked where all the women were, one protester replied, “right at the back.”
YouTube still refuses to remove the video, saying that while it is a “challenge” to determine what will spark controversy from one country to another, it is “clearly within” their guidelines for acceptable material.
The protest marks the most recent call for international blasphemy laws since protests swept the Middle East roughly one month ago, on the anniversary of September 11.
Around that time, TheBlaze TV released a two-part special called “The Project” detailing documents discovered after 9/11 with plans for how to gradually subvert the West– particularly regarding slandering Islam. Click here to read more about it.
Here is video from the London protest, via the Telegraph: