Woman Goes Viral After Comfortably Staring Down EDL Leader At Birmingham Rally

"I wasn't scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations."

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A woman who gained instant acclaim over the weekend for calmly staring down the leader of the English Defence League has said she was "not scared in the slightest" during the confrontation.

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Saffiyah Khan, a Birmingham resident of Pakistani and Bosnian parentage, stepped in to confront EDL leader Ian Crossland on Sunday, after another woman was surrounded for shouting "Islamophobe" at the group.

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Khan later told the BBC that she was "quite surprised" at the public reaction to the incident, while in an interview with The Birmingham Mail, she said: "The reason I was there was because I am a Brummie."

"This was happening in Birmingham and it felt right. I am not a political activist.

"I wasn't in a confrontational role, I wanted to keep a low profile."

Despite the obvious menace in the photo, Kham claims she wasn't afraid of standing up to Crossland.

"(The EDL supporter) was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn't do anything, I wasn't interested, that wasn't my intention," she told The Mirror.

"I couldn't understand what was being said though to be honest, it was all very mumbled.

"But I wasn't scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations.

"I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn't going to be provoked.

"I didn't realise how many people would be so supportive, so it was worth it."

In a sign of true national unity, the photo even elicited a non-confrontational tweet from Piers Morgan.