Royal wedding protest planned by radical Muslim group


Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Whitton Park on April 11, 2011, in Darwen, England.


Chris Jackson

Police in London have decided that a radical Muslim group will not be allowed to protest outside the church during next week's much-anticipated wedding for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The police will not allow protests inside the security zone, which include Westminster Abbey and the processional route, reports Fox News. However, the police will not be able to ban protests elsewhere in London.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come to London for the April 29 wedding, including many high-profile British and international guests.

The event poses a security challenge as it is considered a possible target for militant activity, Reuters reports.

Britain faces various threats including possibly dangerous protests, and the country is currently at its second highest threat level, "severe," which indicates that an attack is considered highly likely, Reuters states.

The Muslim group, called Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), plans to stage some form of demonstration on the day of the wedding.

It has stated on its website that it hopes to disrupt the celebrations. It's homepage shouts, "Muslims to Disrupt Royal Wedding."

"The protest on the 29th April 2011 is intended to highlight the many atrocities which have been and are being committed against Muslims in Afghanistan and now in Libya by the British regime, its army and the British royal family, who have supported such crimes verbally and even physically by their active involvement including by prince William," its website states.

In response, a far-right group, called the English Defense League, has vowed to hold a counter-demonstration if necessary.

The police have insisted they will maintain strong order on the big day.

"If anybody comes to London on the day of the royal wedding intending to commit criminal acts, we will act quickly, robustly and decisively," Lynne Owens, an assistant police commissioner, told Fox News.