Young Muslims defend decision to fly Islamic black flag at gates of east London council estate

Young Muslims today defended the flying of a black flag above the gates of an east London council estate.

Youths at the gates to the Will Crooks estate, in Poplar, branded objectors to the flag – which has been adopted by some jihadist groups – as “racist”.

The flag was removed yesterday for the second time following two visits from Met officers in as many days. It was hung there alongside the Palestinian flag as part of an “end the siege in Gaza” protest.

Today one youth outside the estate said: “It’s just racists complaining. If it was the St George’s flag, it would be alright. But this is our version and there’s this big reaction.”

Another added: “I don’t understand why it has caused so much reaction. All it is is a declaration of the belief in Allah. It’s not the ISIS flag.”

The first flag was taken down by local nun, Sister Christine Frost, 77, on Friday, after she suspected it had been hoisted there by “naive young hot heads.”

However, it reappeared before local community leaders decided to remove it yesterday afternoon after police visited the estate in Poplar High Street.

A Met spokesman said they first attended on Friday but the flag had been removed when they arrived.

They added: “Police were made aware of a flag displayed at the Will Crooks Estate again on Sunday, August 10.

“Officers attended the venue, spoke to residents and met local community leaders who removed the flag voluntarily.

“It was not an ISIS flag. There are no criminal offences arising from this incident.”;amp;ec_rate=230

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