London UK, 20th January 2010– As British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a statement on Counter-Terrorism in Parliament today, the Conservative Party leader David Cameron once again called for the banning of Hizb ut-Tahrir demanding “will he now go ahead and ban Hizb ut-Tahrir”.
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said “Cameron has repeated his call for a ban in another populist attempt at electioneering, after his last attack on Hizb ut-Tahrir backfired spectacularly and his election campaign launch flopped.”
"We say to Cameron and his like: Ban Hizb ut-Tahrir if you dare to show the world the cowards you really are. Instead of accepting the challenge of debating ideas you decide to ban an Islamic political party with over 50 years of non-violent political activism. People around the world will see that all the lofty talk about ‘freedom, democracy and pluralism’ are hollow words.
"In truth they really fear that our ideas have taken hold amongst Muslims around the world, because of our uncompromising criticism of Western foreign policy in Muslim countries, and relentless call to replace tyranny and dictatorship in the Muslim world with an Islamic Caliphate that will bring security, stability, authority to the people, and accountability and justice – all enshrined in the Shariah.
“Cameron’s ‘security’ strategy seems to centre around the banning of a non-violent party, with his shallow attempts to deflect the causes of ‘terrorism’ away from colonial policies such as those that he calls for, onto Islam and Muslims.”
“We say to Mr Cameron, do your worst but you can never ban our ideas from growing. You will only further expose the weakness of the western ideology, by adding a ban on a non-violent group to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, rendition, torture and the abandonment of habeas corpus.
“Every time they raise these calls their attempts to airbrush the neoconservative face of the Tory frontbench fades. One minute, Chris Grayling espouses passionate rhetoric about how this government ‘has eroded civil liberties’ and that this was ‘shameful and must be reversed’, yet he wants to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir. On the one hand they justify invading Muslim countries on the basis of securing ‘freedom and democracy’ and on the other they call to shut down political discourse through a ban. In their world they think people are only free as long as they are subservient to the values dictated by these hypocritical and corrupt politicians. This is the heart of the hypocrisy of freedom espoused by such politicians and we have no fear of that.”