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Friday, December 23, 2005

Islamic Group Hosts Protest of Anti-Terror Laws in London

On December 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "Protesters have gathered in London's Hyde Park to demonstrate against the government's anti-terror laws. About 8,000 Muslims from across the UK took part in the march staged by radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), according to organisers. It began in Parliament Square taking in Whitehall and Piccadilly Circus, before arriving in Hyde Park for speeches by leaders of Muslim groups. HT, banned in some countries, says the legislation is oppressive. Measures to ban extremist organisations and the extradition of Babar Ahmed to face terrorism charges in the US are among the steps being criticised. Dr Imran Waheed, a spokesman for HT Britain, said: 'We will continue to stand up for justice and call on all people of conscience to prevent the silencing of thought, the muzzling of criticism and the repression of dissent under the pretence of fighting terrorism.'"

This article cross-posted at the Pluralism Project's International Religious Diversity News.

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