Statement by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain to BBC File on 4 and BBC Newsnight
We are a non-violent organisation that has worked for over 10 years in
Britain. For the avoidance of any doubt we do not advocate or
otherwise promote the use of violence or any criminal activity against
civilians in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
We have not been informed with any detail of the allegations to be made against us in this programme. From the scant information that has been provided:-
1 Our members attempted to stop the fight between two gangs outside Croydon Mosque in September 2006. Our attempts to do so were recognised by the local community, the police and doctors who treated the injured. To suggest that we were somehow involved in this violence is wholly wrong.
2 We have never encouraged criminality in any shape or form and have spoken out against criminality. Part of our work is to persuade the youth to turn their back on the life of crime.
3 The radicalisation of Muslims, particularly young Muslims, is the product of their anger at the government’s unjust and brutal war in Iraq. To suggest that Muslim organisations such as ours, rather than the government’s policies, have created anger within the Muslim community is disingenuous and irresponsible. It is organisations like ours that channel that anger into non violent political activism in an attempt to repair the damage caused by government policies.
14th November 2006