Tuesday, January 12, 2009
The British government has outlawed a Muslim group after it planned an antiwar rally in the southwestern town of Wootton Bassett.
Islam4UK, which, according to British Home Secretary Alan Johnson, will be banned as of Thursday, had planned the protest at the Wiltshire town to honor the innocent civilian victims of the Afghanistan conflict.
The town’s selection was symbolic, as it is famous for its somber ceremonies honoring British soldiers fallen in Afghanistan.
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Based on the new ‘law’, membership in the group is punishable by up to 10 years in jail under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Following the announcement on Tuesday, the group’s spokesman in the UK, Anjem Choudary, accused Downing Street of oppressing freedom whenever its interests are endangered.
“What the people will see is if you don’t agree with the government and you want to expose their foreign policy, then freedom quickly dissipates and turns into dictatorship,” Choudary told BBC’s Radio 4.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm