London, UK , June 4 -Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain , the Islamic political party, expresses deep concern over the huge police anti-terrorism raid in East London on Friday which resulted in the shooting of a 23-year-old man.
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Although we are not in a position to comment on the details of this case, we have seen many such raids against innocent Muslims. We have been here before with sensational stories about 'ricin plots' and plots to blow up Manchester United Football Club. Indeed since 9/11, Home Office statistics show that of almost 950 people arrested under anti-terrorism related charges, 148 were charged under the Terrorism Act and of those only 27 were convicted of offences."
"Although Scotland Yard suggested that there was no evidence of risk to the public in the area, why was huge manpower used to undertake these raids and why was an apparently unarmed man shot? It will seem strange to the Muslim community that the criminal records of these men have been leaked to the press, in a similar way in which false allegations were made following the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes."
"In relation to the sensationalism surrounding this story, we note that it is this sort of coverage that contributes to demonisation and alienation that widens communities at a time when bridges of understanding need to be built."