Friday 23 March 2018

Slain soldier's family call for calm as tensions rise

Lee Rigby
Lee Rigby

Sam Marsden

THE family of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby warned protesters against carrying out attacks in his name as the second man accused of his killing was discharged from hospital and arrested.

Suspected Islamist terrorist Michael Adebolajo (28) was badly injured when he was shot by police at the scene of the attack outside Woolwich Barracks in South-East London last week.

However, after nine days of medical treatment he was well enough to leave hospital yesterday afternoon.

He was taken to a police station and arrested on suspicion of the soldier's murder and the attempted murder of a police officer.

Meanwhile, relatives of 25-year-old Drummer Rigby appealed for calm amid fears that demonstrations across England today organised by far-right and anti-fascist groups could descend into violent clashes.

The soldier had friends from many different cultures and religious backgrounds, and treated them all with the greatest respect, they said.

"Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others," they continued.

The British National Party had wanted to hold a rally in Woolwich today but it was banned by police to avoid inflaming tensions. Instead, the far-right party will stage a march in central London.

Separately, the English Defence League has organised nearly 60 marches around the country in memory of Drummer Rigby, who was killed in the street in front of shocked passers-by.

There has been an upsurge in hate crime against Muslims since the soldier's murder on May 22, with one monitoring group recording 212 Islamophobic incidents, including 11 attacks on mosques, in the past week-and-a-half. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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