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Tilhengere av de seks arresterte islamistene i London samlet seg i en aggressiv demonstrasjon utenfor politistasjonen der de seks mistenkte sitter i varetekt.

I forrige uke ble seks ekstremister arrestert under mistanke om oppfordring til – og finansiering av – terrorisme. Det førte til uroligheter blant deres sympatisører. Rasende demonstranter ropte at statsminister Tony Blair er en terrorist, mens de bar plakater med «Sharialov er fremtiden», «Befri våre muslimske brødre» og «Korstog mot islam».

The group, dressed in traditional Muslim clothes including veils, chanted in Arabic: «God is the greatest! There is only one God, Allah, and Mohammed is the final messenger of Allah!»

Around a dozen uniformed police barricaded the demonstrators inside barriers to keep them away from the main entrance of the police station, but there were no arrests during the one hour demo.

En av demonstrantene som hevdet å være en slektning av en av de arresterte, forklarte fremmøtte journalister at demonstrasjonen var en protest mot undertrykkelsen den britiske regjeringen utsetter muslimer for, og at islams verdier er under angrep:

He refused to disclose the identity of his relative but said: «The reality is all we are doing is speaking out against this oppression by the British Government.

«We are here as families and relatives in support of those arrested to give a clear message to Tony Blair that we are not going to tolerate this oppression.

«We are angry and furious. Islamic values have been attacked, Islamic women have been attacked by the Government and there has been a policy of spying on the Islamic community.

«They have raided and closed down Mosques. There have been more than 1,100 people arrested since the introduction of the terror laws after 9/11. We are not going to remain silent anymore.»

Arrangøren av demonstrasjonen, Sayful Islam, mener at muslimer ikke lenger kan tie stille om undertrykkelsen, som er en form for krig mot islam. Han sier at antallet arrestasjoner ikke står i forhold til antallet tiltaler, og at det skremmer muslimer fra å snakke om islam.

I følge flere av demonstrantene føler den muslimske minoriteten at de lever i en politistat. De ønsker derfor at sharialover skal erstatte verdslige lover, og være gjeldende for alle. Det skal blant annet gjøre slutt på undertrykkelse og urettferdighet:

He would only be happy when Sharia law was introduced «all over the world».

Mr Islam said: «We definitely want to see Sharia law in place here. We want to see it implemented for everyone. Only then will there be harmony and there will be peace and justice amongst mankind.»

Mother-of-three Umm Hediyah, who was a wearing a full hijab, said: «I am here because I heard on the TV that some of our brothers had been arrested.

«The thing is that nowadays everyone knows someone who has been arrested. The Muslim community feel like we are being oppressed. We feel like we are living in a police state.

«It doesn’t matter whether you have a big beard or not. If you are Muslim and you speak out against British foreign policy you are labelled a fundamentalist or a terrorist.

«We believe that as Muslims Sharia is for everyone and it can actually help solve problems in the world today.

«We have a very good economic system that will deal with homelessness in this country. In Palestine, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived peacefully for over 500 years under Shariah law.»

Kort etter demonstrasjonen kom det frem at radikale muslimer har opprettet sharia-domstoler i Storbritannia. Etableringen av det parallelle rettssystemet har blitt møtt med hard kritikk fra muslimske talsmenn og organisasjoner.

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