Now wait a minute. I thought Hizb-ut-Tahrir was supposed to be “non-violent.” But now they’re threatening riots. Imagine what they’d be doing if they weren’t non-violent! From The Observer, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
A radical Islamic group declared yesterday it would resist all attempts by Tony Blair to ban the organisation.
Officials of Hizb ut-Tahrir warned that the government’s proposals would be interpreted by the Muslim community as part of an ‘anti-Islamic’ agenda and could trigger civil unrest.
Speakers for the Islamic political party announced they had begun seeking legal advice to fight any attempts to ban the organisation, which has existed in Britain for more than 50 years. The announcement coincided with fresh warnings that Britain’s deteriorating race relations could lead to a repeat of the inner-city riots in the Eighties.
‘The move is a perilous route that is harming community relations and could lead to civil unrest comparable to that which affected the black community,’ said Imran Waheed, spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir. He also rejected calls for the Muslim community to root out extremism and dismissed claims that the organisation was harbouring terrorists as ‘ludicrous’.