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Kurds and Islamists Clash in Wood Green.

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I publish this because I originally come from Wood Green.

My first political activity was giving out anti-apartheid leaflets on Spouter’s Corner, though I suppose my mum taking me and my sister as toddlers with her to a CND stall there counts as well.

Tendance Coatesy is  always interested in what’s happening in the old Heimat.


In scenes reminiscent of the battle for Kobani, Kurds clashed with Islamists, including well known preacher Anjem Choudary, on the streets of Wood Green, London yesterday at about 5pm.

According to the Haringey Independent, the clashes occurred as a group of Kurds walked through Wood Green on their way to the Kurdish Community Centre where they were planning to celebrate Newroz, the traditional Iranian new year celebrations.

Also present on the High Street was an Islamic Roadshow Stall, part hosted by Anjem Choudary, where Islamists were promoting Sharia Law and urging Muslims not to vote.

Video footage shot by a group of young boys who appear to be on top of The Mall shopping centre at the time the riots broke out shows dozens of men swinging bats and throwing bricks at each other while police in high vis. jackets try to separate them.

Women are also present in the rioting crowds, at least one of whom was waving one of a number of purple flags, thought to belong to the Kurdish group. Most of the crowd can be heard chanting, although it is unclear what they are saying. Shoppers, including one young mum pushing a buggy, quickly disperse as shop windows are smashed.

Eventually a number of police back up vehicles arrive on the scene to drive the clashing hordes apart. But one of the young lads filming observes “No-one’s scared of the police”. Another notes “At least no Muslims died.”

Another video posted to YouTube shows the Islamic Roadshow before the rioting broke out. Muslim women in full veil hand out A4 sheets of paper with the answers to questions such as “What is Islam?” and “Who is Mohammed?” The stall was demolished by the fighting.

The Haringey Independent gives a more direct report than the conservative inflected Breitbart:

Police and demonstrators clashed after a “mini riot” broke out in a busy high street.

Members of the Kurdish community clashed with demonstrators at an Islamic Roadshow stall in High Road, Wood Green, yesterday at around 5pm.

Police were called to the town centre as arguments broke out between the two groups when the Kurdish people walked through Wood Green to the Kurdish Community Centre as part of Newroz – the traditional Iranian new year celebration.

Muslim activist Anjem Choudary, known for being an advocate of Sharia Law, was among groups hosting the Islamic Roadshow stall, who were heard promoting Sharia law and urging Muslims not to vote while handing out leaflets from their tent outside Boots.

Video footage, filmed by a boy who appears to have been above The Mall shopping centre at the time, shows police separating demonstrators, while racial slurs can be heard being shouted by people in the crowd.

Shoppers looked on as several police cars and a riot van arrived on scene, pushing the Kurdish community back down the high street away from The Mall, while men and women fled from the roadshow stand.

 Police have confirmed that no arrests were made during the incident and the Kurdish procession arrived at the community centre at 6.11pm.

Many shoppers took to social media to react to the “madness”.

@Debsoul67 said: “A crazy day in North London… I used to love going Shopping in Wood Green..So glad I don’t live in London anymore.”

@MissRjTiggz said: “Only now seeing the madness that happened in Wood Green yesterday.”

@xxx_kimbo_xxx said: “Shocked that this happened in Wood Green.”

From This is London.

More reaction from Anti-Fascist left.

War against ISIS/Daesh: Kurdish Newroz demo confronts the coward-fascist Anjem Choudary, who is forced off the streets – London (UK)

Yesterday, Kurdish people and their supporters confronted the street presence of Daesh-supporting Islamic-fascists at their protest stall outside a Boots chemist store in High Road, Wood Green in the late afternoon. The Islamists use the stall to promote Sharia Law and the Islamic State. Police came and protected the few fascists from the angry crowd, but quickly the Islamists packed up and left the area. The Kurdish people and their supporters made a procession to their community centre to celebrate their new year of Newroz. There were no arrests.

Anjem Choudary is about as reactionary and vile an Islamist as you can get.


Written by Andrew Coates

March 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

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  1. This story is deeply worrying. this kind of news also brings up many problems with state multiculturalism and immigration. ie nobody wants immigrants or immigrant communities who are going to fight each other here, in the UK. attacks on Jews, Kurds, Hindus etc might be next, as israel, kurdistan, kashmir are live topics.

    deeply worried about how this is all going.


    March 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  2. I think this is a straightforward case of anti-fascists fighting fascists.

    Not multiculturalism.

    Andrew Coates

    March 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  3. That stall has been outside the library for years, one of Lee Rigby’s headchoppers used to run it. Hopefully the local Kurds (and there are an appreciable number) will get rid of it.

    Sue R

    March 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  4. Choudary? Bumbaclot!

  5. Good to see the Kurdish protestors getting Choudary and co on the run. I hope this becomes a trend – the police will suffer mental paralysis not being able to arrest these anti-Islamists simply for being ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’. The fact that Choudary and his terrorists are allowed on our streets at all is a national disgrace. They should all be under lock and key.


    March 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

  6. I agree Andrew -this is dealing with fascists as they should be dealt with.
    In your ‘normal’ conflicts between anti-fascists and fascists – where many or most anti-fascists may be black – there is a danger that naive white onlookers might think that it is ‘white on black’ violence. Our job would be to explain to them that it is not. And to try and involve them as much as possible in obstructing the fascists. If any Muslim people think this is an attack on them and not the hideous Islamists of Chaudary we should do likewise.
    When I have talked to my Kurdish friends about hostility to Muslims (Pakistanis where I live) they say there is none. In a way that is surprising. There is racism in every community including the Kurdish. You might have expected there to be racists targeting Pakistani for their anger – given that quite a few have gone over to Syria to kill their people. But we should try and improve dialogue between Kurdish and (other?) Muslim communities. Many Pakistanis here are very concerned about how their young are being recruited by Chaudary’s fascists.

    Pete Radcliff

    March 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

  7. This worth remembering ( I was there).

    “The Battle of Wood Green

    (with Keith Flett and Ian Birchall)

    On 23 April 1977, a twelve-hundred strong National Front march through Wood Green was opposed by some 3000 anti-racists, including delegations from Haringey Labour Party, trade unionists, the Indian Workers’ Association, local West Indians, members of Rock Against Racism and the Socialist Workers Party. While Communists and churchmen addressed a rally at one end of Duckett’s Common, a contingent composed of more radical elements in the crowd broke away and subjected the NF column to a barrage of smoke bombs, eggs and rotten fruit. Eighty-one people were arrested, including seventy-four anti-fascists. Such are the bare bones of our history, but they explain little about what the National Front was, where it came from, and why so many people felt that it should be opposed.

    This pamphlet was published in April 2002 by Haringey Trades Council and the London Socialist Historians’ Group, London. ISBN 095311794X. £2.50.”


    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

  8. Russia Today now have the story,

    “Organized provocation:’ Islamists clash with Kurds on North London street (VIDEO)
    Published time: March 23, 2015 17:50
    Edited time: March 24, 2015 09:38 Get short URL.

    The end of the piece is interesting,

    “Commenting on the clashes, London-based lawyer Mustafa Guler said the Islamist stall in Wood Green was an “organized provocation.”

    He said it had been scheduled to deliberately disrupt celebrations relating to Newroz. Mustafa stressed the Islamists had purposely organized a stall in a busy shopping center near the Newoz celebrations. The intention was to promote Sharia and their proposed caliphate, he said.”


    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  9. I wasn’t there but it is reminiscent of the Jewish community mobilizing to drive Mosley and the BUF of the streets back in the 1930s. Vidal Sasson, crimper to the stars, was one of the fighters. Will it become a regular thing? It may well have been provocative in this case, but they do have a ‘dawah’ stall there. As for Peter Radcliffe, what are you saying? That you are more benign and pure than anyone else? Poor, poor Muslims, they must be so frightened. NOT.

    Sue R

    March 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm

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