A controversial black flag flown above the gates of an east London council estate is being defended by young Muslims.
The flag - which has been linked to some jihadist groups - has been removed twice by a concerned nun and police officers.
But youths at the Will Crooks estate in Poplar have today said assumptions that the flag is linked to extremist groups is ‘racist’.
One youth 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.”
The first flag was taken down by Sister Christine Frost, 77, on Friday, after she suspected it had been hoisted there by ‘naive young hot heads’.
Another youth from the estate 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.”
A Met spokesman said: “There are no criminal offences arising from this incident.”