LONDON (AFP) – Radical Muslim protesters disrupted a press conference where leaders of Britain’s main Islamic group, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), were discussing the country’s May 5 general election.
Some 15 men, most of them in the late teens and early 20s and two of them hiding their faces with headscarves, burst into the event on Tuesday at the Central London Mosque, where the council was unveiling a voting guide for the estimated one million British voters who are Muslims.
Council secretary general Iqbal Sacranie suspended the press conference for 15 minutes as one of the protesters shouted: “We are here to condemn you and your organisation.”
The protesters, who said they were from a group called the Saviour Sect, distributed leaflets declaring that leaders from all of Britain’s political parties were “shayaateen (devils), crooks, criminals and false gods”.
“Voting is an act of apostasy,” one organiser in his 20s, who declined to give his name, told AFP.
“Allah is the only legislator; there is no law but his,” another man declared.