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People are loving this woman's reaction to far-right protesters

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 11/04/2017 Alix Martichoux
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A far-right protest in England was met by one woman with a response so rare, it's being praised on social media. 

Saffiyah Khan came face-to-face with the English Defence League's leader, Ian Crossland, during the group's protest in Birmingham Saturday, which was being held as a response to the recent terror attacks in London, according to BuzzFeed

A photographer captured their confrontation on camera, showing the now-viral image of Khan smiling in the face of the right-wing leader, as an officer keeps them apart. 

A mosque in Birmingham was holding a tea party to counter the far-right group's protest Saturday and Khan told BuzzFeed News she attended the demonstration to show support for Muslims in the area. The English Defence League has a history of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim harassment. 

An English Defence League (EDL) protestor, right, clashes with a member of the public during a demonstration in the city of Birmingham, England Saturday April 8, 2017. © Joe Giddens/PA via AP An English Defence League (EDL) protestor, right, clashes with a member of the public during a demonstration in the city of Birmingham, England Saturday April 8, 2017. "I went with the intent of showing support for anyone who was assaulted or harassed by them," Khan said. 

Khan intervened when a group of EDL protesters surrounded a Muslim woman in a hijab, BuzzFeed reports, and that's when the famous photo was snapped. 

The EDL claimed on Facebook that Khan had interrupted a moment of silence that was being held in honor of the victims of Stockholm's terror attack

The photo spread quickly online, even earning praise from the British member of Parliament representing Birmingham, Jess Phillips. 

Khan told the BBC she was surprised by the global reaction to the photo and didn't expect it to go viral.

According to the BBC, her motivations for getting involved were simple: "I don't like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town."

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