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Another massive rally planned by Muslims

A mass demonstration of 100,000 Muslims will take place in London next weekend on February 18.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 20:14 IST
Vijay Dutt

The Muslim protests over the caricatures of the Prophet first printed by Jyllands-Posten in Denmark and recently reproduced in papers across Europe continue and so does the fear of violence.

A mass demonstration of 100,000 Muslims will take place in London next weekend on February 18. Extremists may hijack it causing confusion and riots, authorities fear.

The Muslim Action Committee, an umbrella group which claims to represent over a million Muslims, said it would do a much as it could to prevent the ugly, provocative scenes witnessed during demonstrations last weekend.

One protester then had carried placards issuing death threats. One was dressed in a suicide bomber's outfit.

But the group justified the holding of the rally saying Muslims needed to channel growing anger felt across Britain by the community that it was being persecuted and treated like a second-class citizen. It also promised not to let the rally be hijacked by extremists.

But there can hardly be any guarantee about violence not breaking out as the march will start from Hyde Park and then congregate at Trafalgar Square, passing through busy streets. But Police said they had plans in place should trouble break out.