Man 'stoned, whipped and beaten' in street

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: An actor carried a cross through Ilford this morning while being stoned and whipped An actor carried a cross through Ilford this morning while being stoned and whipped

A man appeared to be bleeding after being stoned while carrying a cross through the street this morning in an attempt to spread the message of Easter.

The Redbridge Easter Parade committee staged a re-enactment of Jesus' final hours in High Road, Ilford, and encouraged members of the public to throw fake stones at the actor, in a move also intended to increase church attendance.

The event took place to promote an Easter Parade and festival taking place on Easter Monday (April 21).

Wilson Chowdhry, who played Jesus and is event manager for the parade, said: “The people of Ilford see murders all the time so I don't think the event really phased them particularly.

"But lots of people were taking photos and coming up to us asking what we were doing - it was a lot of fun.

"The public were both shocked and intrigued. People were taking pictures and videos and it was a great opportunity for us to invite people to attend the Easter Parade and learn more about the relevance of Christianity in modern society.

"It was hard for me, as I played Jesus and I think too many of the revellers enjoyed throwing the papier mâché rocks my daughter and I prepared the night before in my direction.
"Then again it was all done in good spirits.

"Lots of people think of Easter and they think of the Easter bunny. I hope the event encouraged people to come down to their local church and listen to the true message of Easter."

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4:55pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

I remember passing Romford Road in the 1990's and seeing a real life parade of a particular group of Shiite Muslims beating themselves with all types of implements drawing blood which became increasingly more brutal as they went on, using flails and all kinds of weapons. They were actually being escorted along the road by several police officers and it was amazing to all who witnessed this that it was permitted. It was apparently an annual event which was astounding. Some had deep and raised scarring from previous times.
I remember passing Romford Road in the 1990's and seeing a real life parade of a particular group of Shiite Muslims beating themselves with all types of implements drawing blood which became increasingly more brutal as they went on, using flails and all kinds of weapons. They were actually being escorted along the road by several police officers and it was amazing to all who witnessed this that it was permitted. It was apparently an annual event which was astounding. Some had deep and raised scarring from previous times. Villagecranberry
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5:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

OngarRS says...

I thought it was another article about Epping High St on a weekend evening.
I thought it was another article about Epping High St on a weekend evening. OngarRS
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

NDevoto says...

Yes, enacting violence is great fun for all the family.
Looking forward to the bit where he comes back as a Zombie.
Yes, enacting violence is great fun for all the family. Looking forward to the bit where he comes back as a Zombie. NDevoto
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7:30am Thu 6 Feb 14

Wilson Chowdhry says...

It is unfortunate the reporter of this article missed the point of our launch event. I explained that people of ilford read about violence and murder in the papers, all the time. This was an opportunity for reflection on a an act of brutality that led to new hope, due to the ultimate sacrifice paid by Christ. I must also clarify that no member of the public threw papier mache rocks, that was limited to our group of 3 actors. I can assure you it was not much fun for me in the cold, but we had some great engagement with the few people that approached us, many of whom took pictures. So they must have been intrigued. We had ensured that we chose a time when few people were in the town centre and stayed for a short period on advice from the Police. The great thing about our endeavour is that the Police received no complaints, so my assumption would be that people watching were accepting of the re-enactment of one of history's most pivotal moments. This was not an opportunity to promote violence but quite conversely to teach about the greatest gift to mankind.
It is unfortunate the reporter of this article missed the point of our launch event. I explained that people of ilford read about violence and murder in the papers, all the time. This was an opportunity for reflection on a an act of brutality that led to new hope, due to the ultimate sacrifice paid by Christ. I must also clarify that no member of the public threw papier mache rocks, that was limited to our group of 3 actors. I can assure you it was not much fun for me in the cold, but we had some great engagement with the few people that approached us, many of whom took pictures. So they must have been intrigued. We had ensured that we chose a time when few people were in the town centre and stayed for a short period on advice from the Police. The great thing about our endeavour is that the Police received no complaints, so my assumption would be that people watching were accepting of the re-enactment of one of history's most pivotal moments. This was not an opportunity to promote violence but quite conversely to teach about the greatest gift to mankind. Wilson Chowdhry
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