London: Anti-Islamic protestors vowed to demonstrate peacefully outside a London mosque on Friday to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, as police braced to deal with any unrest.
The demonstration, organised by Stop Islamification of Europe (SIOE), was scheduled to take place outside Harrow Central Mosque in London, where a new five-floor mosque is under construction.
Anti-fascist protests have also been planned at the site.
Stephen Gash of the SIOE said, "We don't want any more mosques until all this hatred is sorted out."
He said the group, which uses the motto "Racism is the lowest form of human stupidity, but Islamophobia is the height of common sense", would work with police to ensure there would be no violent clashes.
He added, "It will be peaceful from our side. We always work with the police, we do what they say.”
"We mean what we say and we say what we mean regarding racism because we don't tolerate any kind of racism, but Islam itself is another matter.”
"We are against any form of totalitarianism and basically we regard Islam as the nastiest form of totalitarianism ever devised."
A spokesman for London's Metropolitan police said, "We are hoping for a peaceful demonstration. We are not in the business of banning demonstrations. If the demonstrators work with us, the demonstrations generally go ahead."
First Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 20:38