Ex-champion boxer stirred up terror in YouTube McDonald’s rant, court told
Anthony Small is accused of encouraging terrorism in a seven-and-a-half-minute video published in September 2016.
A former British champion boxer railed against Starbucks, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s as he called for attacks on the West on YouTube, a court has heard.
Muslim convert Anthony Small, 36, is accused of encouraging terrorism in a seven-and-a-half-minute video published on his account on September 12 2016.
On his YouTube channel, Small described himself as “a former professional champion boxer who now works to take mankind out of the oppression of democracy and liberating themselves with Islam/Sharia”.
In his Eid message, the defendant began by talking about the influence of America and Israel in the world.
May we see the day when the Muwahideen then go on to conquer the White House all the way in America and 10 Downing Street YouTube message by Anthony Small
He spoke of military and commercial influence through “McDonald’s and Cola Cola signs” and former aerospace manufacturer McDonnell Douglas.
He said the choice was to “either accept the flame-grilled burger or we are going to flame grill you from the sky”.
He talked of pilgrims to Mecca being faced with commercialisation by McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Starbucks and the Hilton hotel chain.
He said it was an “indication that America and their puppet masters, the Israelis, are in control of them tyrant, sellout, apostate Saudi leaders”.
Calling for their removal, he said: “What is great in number, three million Muslims in one place. Forget Occupy Wall Street, Occupy St Paul’s Cathedral or any of the Arab uprisings.
“Three million Muslims saying we are going nowhere until these tyrant, apostate rulers are removed along with their Starbucks and their McDonald’s, the Hilton hotel as well.”
The defendant spoke about liberating the third holiest mosque, adding: “Not only that, may we see the day when the Muwahideen then go on to conquer the White House all the way in America and 10 Downing Street.”
He concluded: “I am not calling for you to boycott Starbucks or McDonald’s, instead buy Israeli-made Desert Eagles (a type of gun) cock them back and let them go in the sons of monkeys’ peoples.
“In matter of fact, hijack an American-made Humvee and stick a black flag over the USA eagle.”
Small, of south-east London, ended with a disclaimer saying he was “in no way, shape or form” calling for violence or terrorism in what he described as a “little light-hearted poetry”.
But opening his Old Bailey trial, prosecutor Karen Robinson told jurors the defendant knew the meaning of his carefully chosen words.
She said: “The prosecution case is that in September 2016, the defendant published to his own YouTube channel a video, accessible to anyone with access to the internet, in which he spoke to camera and implored Muslims to take violent action against the West.”
The former British and Commonwealth champion, who also found fame in the 2016 BBC Two programme Muslims Like Us, denies encouraging terrorism.