BBC, Aug. 25, 2002
However, only a few dozen members of al-Muhajiroun turned up at Trafalgar Square for the meeting.
They were greeted by rival protests from extreme right wing and communist groups.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) had refused permission for the rally but did not have the power to ban it.
A GLA spokeswoman said: “We have received complaints in past years that al-Muhajiroun was using the rally as a platform for its anti-Jewish and homophobic opinions.”
The rally was due to be addressed by group leader Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, a radical who recently warned the UK of terrorist attacks if it joined military action against Iraq.