Police alert for Muslims rally at Trafalgar
Thousands of British Muslims are expected to attend the protest at Trafalgar Square, organised by the Muslim Action Committee.Updated: Feb 18, 2006 18:22 IST
Security has been tightened for a rally today in London against the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad after concerns that right-wing groups may disrupt the event.
After at least ten people died during a similar protest in Libya when police fired on Muslims protesting against the cartoons in front of the Italian consulate in the port city of Benghazi, concerns in Britain have deepened.
Thousands of British Muslims are expected to attend the protest at Trafalgar Square, organised by the Muslim Action Committee, a coalition of mosques, community leaders and moderate groups. They will march from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park. They will launch a charter supporting a ban on religious discrimination.
It is the third consecutive week of protests in the capital - last weekend some 5,000 people took part in a peaceful pro-Islam gathering. Organisers from the committee say they will have 400 stewards to control the demonstration.
Last week protesters waved banners calling for unity against Islamophobia in a peaceful demonstration. Guest speakers at that event included Respect MP George Galloway and Ben Kent, friend of British hostage Norman Kember. The Muslim Council of Britain along with the Muslim Association of Britain and a number of Christian groups, peace organisations and the Mayor of London helped organise that protest.
First Published: Feb 18, 2006 18:22 IST