Harrow Central Mosque: don't counter anti-Islam protest

Harrow Times: SIOE held a protest outside Harrow Central Mosque on September 11. SIOE held a protest outside Harrow Central Mosque on September 11.

A HARROW mosque is calling for counter-demonstrations against a planned anti-Islam rally to be cancelled.

Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) intends to protest outside Harrow Central Mosque, in Station Road, on December 13 but the plans are bitterly opposed by many.

The group's last rally, on September 11, sparked widespread anger and there was violence by some of those who turned out to support the mosque.

Campaign group Unite Against Fascism (UAF) say they will counter the new demonstration, as they did on September 11.

Ghulam Rabbani, general secretary of the mosque, said: “Our message to the young people who will be attending is not to fall into the trap from those who clearly want to provoke you into an angry response.

“Foremost, our message is: if you want to help, then stay away on the day. We have the fullest confidence in the police to safeguard the mosque.

“If you are to attend we request that you are not disruptive. We should be open, proud of our faith and behave with the correct Islamic etiquette at all times.”

He also asked anti-Fascist groups to avoid counter-demonstrations, saying they “only sow more discord on the day”.

Sarah Cox, of the Brent and Harrow branch of UAF, said the group will take the mosque's request into account but stressed the rally posed a threat to the whole community.

She said: “I know there was division last time between those who thought you can keep your head down and the Fascists will go away and leave you alone.

“It doesn't work like that. You do have to stand up and confront them with numbers. I'm not talking about confronting them violently – the aim is to get the numbers to represent the whole community.

“It's not just the mosque and Muslims who oppose these people – by attacking the mosque they are attacking the whole concept of a multi-cultural society.”

Politicians from all three main parties have spoken out strongly against SIOE and efforts were made, unsuccessfully, to try and get the rally banned.

The police say there is no legal basis to stop the protest, as it is “static” rather than a procession moving through the borough's streets.

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5:12pm Sat 28 Nov 09

leon gramsci says...

DEFEND HARROW’S DIVERSE & UNITED COMMUNITY
“Stop the Islamisation of Europe” and the
“English Defence League” a group of racist
football hooligans with links to the fascist
BNP are threatening to invade Harrow on
Sunday December 13th to demonstrate
against the Harrow Central Mosque. We
cannot stand by and let these racists attack
any section of our community. An injury
to one is an injury to all.

Islamophobia - bigotry against Muslims - is
as unacceptable as any other form of
racism. Its aim is to divide us by making
scapegoats of one community as the Nazis
did with the Jews in the 1930s. Today they
threaten the mosque, tomorrow it could be a
synagogue, temple or church. Today they
threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be
Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, blacks, gays, travellers
or any other minority.

Fascists have been beaten before by
people standing united against them: at
Cable Street in the 1930s, Lewisham in the
1970s and in Derbyshire this Summer where
black and white, young and old, Hindu,
Christian, Muslim and Jew, gay and straight
all came together to oppose the BNP’s
fascist rally. In September we made it clear
that these thugs are not welcome in
Harrow. Now we must make Harrow a
No-Go Zone for Nazis.

Please sign the statement of support for Harrow Central Mosque
Join the demonstration on Sunday December 13th
We are black, white, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Jew
Assemble 12 noon Sunday December 13th on the wide pavement
outside Harrow Civic Centre opposite the Central Mosque
Called by UAF Brent & Harrow ● uafbrentandharrow@go
oglemail.com and National UAF:
unite@ucu.org.uk ● www.uaf.org.uk ● PO Box 36871 London WC1X 9XT ● 020 7801 2782 there are many, many more of us than
DEFEND HARROW’S DIVERSE & UNITED COMMUNITY “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” and the “English Defence League” a group of racist football hooligans with links to the fascist BNP are threatening to invade Harrow on Sunday December 13th to demonstrate against the Harrow Central Mosque. We cannot stand by and let these racists attack any section of our community. An injury to one is an injury to all. Islamophobia - bigotry against Muslims - is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Its aim is to divide us by making scapegoats of one community as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930s. Today they threaten the mosque, tomorrow it could be a synagogue, temple or church. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, blacks, gays, travellers or any other minority. Fascists have been beaten before by people standing united against them: at Cable Street in the 1930s, Lewisham in the 1970s and in Derbyshire this Summer where black and white, young and old, Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jew, gay and straight all came together to oppose the BNP’s fascist rally. In September we made it clear that these thugs are not welcome in Harrow. Now we must make Harrow a No-Go Zone for Nazis. Please sign the statement of support for Harrow Central Mosque Join the demonstration on Sunday December 13th We are black, white, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Jew Assemble 12 noon Sunday December 13th on the wide pavement outside Harrow Civic Centre opposite the Central Mosque Called by UAF Brent & Harrow ● uafbrentandharrow@go oglemail.com and National UAF: unite@ucu.org.uk ● www.uaf.org.uk ● PO Box 36871 London WC1X 9XT ● 020 7801 2782 there are many, many more of us than leon gramsci
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