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London Mayor lends support to Muslim rally

Supporting the rally planned for Saturday, Ken Livingston said it would ensure that the views of mainstream Muslims were being heard.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 20:23 IST

Organisers of a Muslim rally on Saturday, which is expected to swell to 100,000 people, pledged to ensure that no offensive placards, like at previous protest marches on the weekend calling for murder of those responsible for caricatures of the Prophet, will be carried.

It came after Scotland Yard warned that they would seize all offending placards.

The rally organised by the moderate Muslim Association of Britain is to protest the cartoons but its leaders said they wanted to project all the issues in proper perspective and calm the community's anger.

London Mayor Ken Livingston gave his support to the rally called "United against Incitement and Islamophobia" and said it would ensure that the views of mainstream Muslims would be heard. He also said he was sure that Police would cope with the rally.

The Yard officials meanwhile confirmed that they have told the organisers that no placards were expected at the rally to be held at Trafalgar Square.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 20:23 IST