Britain First challenged to ‘civic debate’ after mosque demonstrations

East London Mosque Britain First protest
Protest scene: East London Mosque has been the focus of two far-right demonstrations in a fortnight

A Tower Hamlets councillor has invited the leaders of Britain First to a “civic debate” after the group demonstrated outside East London Mosque twice in the last two weeks.

Cllr Oliur Rahman, leader of the Tower Hamlets Independent Group on the council, has called for the far-right nationalist party to be banned from protesting outside mosques or any places of worship.

But he said he would be happy to meet with the group for a “civic, political or theological debate”, offering them the opportunity to make their point of view known in a “civilised manner”.

Cllr Rahman told the East End Citizen: “Everybody has the right to protest and freedom of speech. But it’s not right for them to cause disturbance, say things that shouldn’t be said and try to divide the community.

“That’s why we’re saying: ‘If you want to talk about it let’s talk about it in a sensible and civilised way.’”

A demonstration of solidarity will be held tomorrow outside the East London Mosque after Friday prayers, and will include speeches from religious leaders of many different faiths.

A spokesperson for East London Mosque said: “We respect the solidarity from the demonstration tomorrow. It’s the natural way that the community is responding.”

The spokesperson said they were unaware about plans for a debate with Britain First, but added: “If they apologise then we are more than happy for them to come here and we will talk to them like human beings.”

Cllr Rahman added: “Our East End is proud of its history of diversity and record of fighting racism and bigotry in all its forms. We will stand up united for Tower Hamlets and to oppose those who seek to divide us.”

  1. Sabeeyah on Sunday 20 March 2016 at 3:57 am

    Hypocrite !
    Right to Protest Like Getting a Hate Campaign Going Against a Person who is a Non Sylheti “Abdul Gaffer” ?
    This is Vote Bank Racial Politic’s Again From Mr Oil Your Own Far Rights Rahman’s Political Group !

    Ex “Tower Hamlets First” is the Reflection of “Britain First”
    Ex Mayor’s “LutFAR RIGHTS” = “Independent Group”, If they Didn’t give Birth To “Muslim Patrol” We wouldn’t Have The Far Right EDL’s “Christian Patrol”, If “LutFAR RIGHTS” Jamaat BNP’s didn’t Give Birth to “Tower Hamlets First” we Wouldn’t have “Britain First” They are the same Racist Fascist Political Reflections of Themselves !

    Which came First “Tower Hamlets First” or “Britain First” ?
    Which came First “Muslim Patrol” or “Christian Patrol” ?
    The Latter came Last, The Former came First, Both these Fascist and Racist Political Group’s , Should be deported to their Mother Land, The Former = THF Cult, shoud be Deported, To Their Mother Land, of “The House of Wahhabi Sauds”, and The Latter BF Cult should be Deported, To Their Mother Land, of “The House of Zionist Israel !
    Before He was On this, Tower Hamlets Mayor “Biggs” was on Top of it, He even enquired in East London Mosque (Wahhabi Mosque) itself, Oliur Rahman is an Opportunists and a Pathetic Parasite Politics to The Common People of the Land

  2. Turon Miah on Tuesday 22 March 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Why are they concerned abou this Mosque ?
    Its a Wahhabi Zionist Mosque a Relative of Jayda Fersen Deputy Leader of Britain First !
    Both Bad as Each other, That is a Jamaat Wahhabi Mosque that breeds nothing but segregation and hate to All Races !

    That Mosque gave birth to the likes of Girls Going off to Join their ISIS Relatives in Syria, Stabber of a British Labour MP “Tim Sims” and all other racist fascist extremist elements that you See in Tower Hamlets !
    Both the Leaders of this Jamaat e Islami Wahhabi Mosque and Leader of Britain First should be deported to their Relatives homes, Saudi Arabi and Israel !

  3. FKarim on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 10:40 am

    Far right racists have no place in our community, we will confront them in every way with our historical unity! Shame on BF..Shame on above idiots who commented to prove their mental disorder!

  4. Sabeeyah on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Are You An Idiot, Above, I think You Are One of those Jamaat East London Wahhabi Fascist Idiots that Love Lying Like Your Relatives Jayda Fernsen !
    You Two Fascist Political Bodies Need to be deported to Your Home Land, You for One Saudi Wahhabi Arabia, and Take Your Girlfriend Jayda with You to Your Relatives Home Zionist Israel !
    We don’t need racist fascist like You’s Lot in the UK to Poison the Young to join your other relatives ISIS in Syria, Libya, and Iraq !
    Bye Bye Now or even go to Pakistan and Get Droned by Your American Masters !

  5. Mostak on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hi sabeeha… reading your views gives me a fright. You are no better then the far right group. You have some personal problem. You need to come to terms with that, see a councilor to support you…
    As for east London mosque! I grew up around there and time to time go to pray in the mosque and trust me I don’t get see or feel the view you are giving. What’s more I am not sure have you ever been in the mosque! That might help you to come to terms with your feelings. And trust me once you are in the mosque ones feel so good it humble’s you.. so rather then having a go at a centre and the people who are managing it make a visit and see for yourself.. trust me you will like it. Good luck

  6. A I Shaheen on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 4:20 pm

    You are 100% right! You must think about the consequences before tweaking a tiger’s tail. This TH ‘Wahabi’ cult must be dealt with otherwise they will continue to do their Wahabi poisoning.

  7. ashraf on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Sabeeyah you are 100% right! You must think about the consequences before tweaking a tiger’s tail. This TH ‘Wahabi’ cult must be dealt with otherwise they will continue to do their Wahabi poisoning.

  8. Sabeeyah on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 7:20 pm

    When I go to East London Jamaat E Wahhabi Mosque, I will Feel sooooo Humble, I would be compelled to go and Join Your Wahhabi Relatives, Which are “ISIS” Relatives in Syria, The Feeling is Soooooooooo Mutual Brother !

  9. THE LAST HUMAN on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 1:17 am

    You are all a bunch of Illuminati Lizard Jews, and I will you would all just f**k off back to Alpha Centauri, and leave me and my people alone (all five of us)


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