News ID: 132510
Published: 0908 GMT December 08, 2015

Political leaders deplore planned anti-Islam rally in Birmingham

Political leaders deplore planned anti-Islam rally in Birmingham

Leaders of major political parties in the UK city of Birmingham have condemned a planned anti-Islam march.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, leaders of Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat parties in Birmingham deplored the planned march as a “far-right” rally based on “prejudice, intolerance and hate.”

The statement came shortly after the former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, announced he would relaunch of the UK arm of Pegida, the German anti-Islam organization whose provocative rhetoric has prompted attacks on refugees.

This comes against the backdrop of a new report which suggests that anti-Muslim prejudice is growing rapidly in the UK.

According to the report by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, 24 different far-right groups are currently attempting to incite anti-Muslim hatred in the UK.

The analysis, also suggests that Islamophobic sentiments have been on the rise following the terror attacks in Paris.

The Infidels, an extremist group with increasing Nazi leanings, the South East Alliance,  and the Henry Jackson Society, are among the organizations mentioned in the report.

According to the Metropolitan Police hate crimes against Muslims in London have increased more than threefold following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

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