London, UK, November 3 – Hizb ut-Tahrir announces the launch of a mass mobilisation campaign in the Muslim community against the draconian anti-terror proposals. As they currently stand the proposals to outlaw the ?glorification of terrorism? will criminalise support for legitimate resistance struggles against oppression as well as campaigns to end the illegal occupation of Iraq. The threat to close mosques will be seen as collective punishment of a community that has already disassociated itself from the bombings of 7th July 2005. The plans to detain people for anything from one to three months without charge will ruin the careers and livelihoods of innocent Muslims arrested on mere suspicion or denounced maliciously.
Despite advice to the contrary, the government still seems hell bent on riding rough shod over the Muslim community's concerns. Their desire to force through these measures, more draconian even than those that are implemented by some of the western backed tyrants and despots in the Muslim world, reached a low point yesterday as Simon Hughes MP commented that for the first time in his parliamentary career he had seen government whips intimidating MPs with their words and their bodies in the chamber prior to a vote.
Taji Mustafa, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said: "Wednesday's Commons debate heard some very articulate arguments against these proposals and the concern they would only incite anger in the Muslim community. Some in our community have not yet appreciated the implications of this bill that would even criminalise prayers for the oppressed who are under occupation. It is vital the whole community appreciates the far reaching effects before it is too late for our voice to be heard."