ISLAMIST rabble rouser Anjem Choudary stirred up unrest in strife-torn Leicester by calling for “Muslim Patrols” to fight Hindu gangs.
Choudary – free after being jailed for terrorist offences in 2016 – launched a website after a ban on him speaking in public was lifted last year.
And the fanatical firebrand used his online platform to stoke up soaring tensions – launching a rambling rant on his website.
At least 16 police have been hurt during days of clashes between hundreds of masked Muslim and Hindu Hinduvta gangs in the east Midlands city.
In one rallying call on his inflammatory site, the 55-year-old bile-monger falsely accused Hindu’s for the chaos.
A ban preventing Choudary from public speaking expired last year after he completed his five-and-a-half-year sentence for inviting support for Islamic State.
He was jailed in 2016 and was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US government in 2017.
Police and the security services are still monitoring Choudary and other freed terror convicts linked to his al-Muhajiroun network, and consider them a major concern.
Contacted by Sun Online yesterday, Choudary – who has crowed support for the 911 hijackers and has been linked to terror plots – doubled down on his incendiary web rant.
The London-based hate preacher told the website: “I am not urging anyone to break the law.”
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Violent clashes erupted in Leicester after an India-Pakistan cricket match at the end of August, when supporters of India were said to have chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
Pakistan’s supporters chanted back before rival gangs began confronted each other on the streets hurling missiles as police battled to restore order.
The flames of unrest have been fanned by a fake news war online with both sides accusing the other of sparking disorder.
Social media footage shared by both Hindus and Muslims showed groups from both sides on the rampage.
Masked men were filmed banging on people’s windows in Hindu-majority areas and pulling down religious decorations.
Others marched down through Muslim areas chanting a religious slogan used by far-right Hindu nationalist groups in India.
Trouble later flared 34 miles away in Smethwick, Birmingham when a A 200-strong masked mob protested at a Hindu temple where a controversial speaker was due to appear.
Fireworks and missiles were hurled at cops, cars damaged and a man held on suspicion of possessing a knife.
But The Sun yesterday revealed how a row over a tights factory staffed by teenage girls may have sparked the grisly street battles.
Choudary – whose website is being hosted by a California-based internet company called Cloudflare despite concerns over its content – predictably placed the blame squarely on Hindus.
He said: “The Hindutva faction is very racist .
“Their ideology goes all the way back to Hitler. It is very closely associated. That is why people call it fascism.
“They appear to have attacked mosques and elderly people and women following a cricket match a couple of weeks ago when Hindus from outside Leicester came in.
“We will not just lie down and let them walk all over us.”
Choudary went on to predict bloodshed in Leicester – and crowed that the police would be unable to control Muslim rage.
He told Sun Online: “The police are already standing back and unless the Hindus are controlled they will not be able to stop the Muslims retaliating.
“At the same time these Muslims are not going to go back anywhere, they live here, they were born here. Their parents were born here.
“We are not living in an England of the 1960’s with people from the Windrush generation and are first generation Muslims. It was all about, ‘yes sir, no sir’ then.
“Now a lot of these areas, Leicester, Birmingham, Bradford, are almost majority Muslim areas.
“The police cannot control them and it is already an extremely volatile situation. It is a powder keg.”