LUFF CALLS FOR BAN ON WOOTTON BASSETT DEMONSTRATION
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LUFF CALLS FOR BAN ON WOOTTON BASSETT DEMONSTRATION

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff today condemned the proposed demonstration by Islamist Preacher Anjem Choudary through Wootton Bassett. Peter is one of the main sponsors of a Commons motion calling for a ban on the demonstration and urging the Home Secretary to intervene.
Choudary has made clear his intention to lead a symbolic march through the streets of Wootton Bassett in protest at Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan.

The text of the motion, Early Day Motion 529, reads,

That this House notes that Anjem Choudary, the UK leader of al-Muhajiroun, plans to stage a march through Wootton Bassett town carrying empty coffins as a protest against Britain's presence in Afghanistan; considers that such a demonstration would be a gross mark of disrespect to the soldiers who have died or been wounded in Afghanistan, their families and those who continue to fight on active service in Afghanistan; believes that such a march would cause great distress to those who have lost loved ones; further notes that the Muslim Council of Britain has described the proposed march as `deplorable'; calls on the Home Secretary urgently to investigate the breaching of public order and other related offences; and urges Wootton Bassett Town Council and Wiltshire Police to ensure that any proposed demonstration that breaches the Public Order Act 1986 be rightly refused.

Peter said

“I sincerely hope that the authorities heed what we are saying. The government must act to prevent demonstrations of this type that seek to incite hatred and would cause public outrage. Freedom of speech is of fundamental importance in any democratic society but I struggle to see any merit in condoning this exploitative and provocative act.”

ENDS


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