Muslimske ekstremister i Storbritannia tyr til vold for å skremme muslimer fra å stemme ved valget 5. mai. De hevder demokratiske valg er u-islamsk.
Selv ikke MP George Galloway er radikal nok for Hizb ut-Tahrir. Under et valgmøte for hans nye parti Respect i East End i London tirsdag, dukket Hizb ut-Tahrir-medlemmer opp, stemplet ham som en falsk profet og dømte ham til døden. -Politiet reddet livet mitt, sa Galloway etterpå.
Det er en målestokk på Hizb ut-Tahrirs ekstremisme at de drapstruer Galloway som har gjort seg bemerket som uforsonlig krigsmotstander, og tidligere venn av Saddam Husseins regime.
Mr Galloway was electioneering on the Osier council estate in Bethnal Green last night when a gang of 30 Muslim fundamentalists, who claim voting is un-Islamic, surrounded him and his supporters.
The men said they were angry at Mr Galloway’s attempt to woo Muslim voters. They said they were «setting up the gallows» for him and warned any Muslim who voted for his anti-war Respect party that they faced a «sentence of death».
After a fight broke out between the two groups, police were called and Mr Galloway was forced to hide in his car in an alley until the violence calmed down. Two men were later arrested.
«I was meeting people who live in the flats. Hizb-ut-Tahrir suddenly filled the room and blocked the door. I tried speaking calmly. They then said I was parading as a false prophet and served a sentence of death on me. They were claiming I was representing myself as a false deity and for this apostasy I would be sentenced to the gallows,» he said.
«They said they were setting up the gallows for me. Thank God my daughter was not with me. She was in the car outside. Otherwise there would have been nobody to call the police. The police saved my life.» The former MP is challenging Labour’s Oona King in the seat on 5 May, but Hizb-ut-Tahrir has declared that it will fight his bid.
Også Oona King ble angrepet. Dekkene på bilen hennes ble skåret opp og bilen ble truffet av egg.
Labour har en overvekt på 10.000 stemmer i East End, men Oona støtter Irak, og motstanden mot Irak er stor blant den muslimske befolkningen.
Galloway skal etter planen dele podium med leder for Hizb ut-Tahrir førstkommende lørdag. Spørsmålet er om han vil stille etter dette.
Angrepet på Galloway og Oona var ikke de eneste tirsdag.
Last night’s incident came hours after another group of Muslim men disrupted a general election media meeting of the Muslim Council of Britain. A group thought to be followers of cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed attacked the Council, claiming no one should vote in the election.