Responding to reports that the Shariah Project will host a march in Brick Lane on Friday protesting against the drinking and selling of alcohol:
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Whilst Muslims may choose to abstain from alcohol, it is not right to forcefully push one view upon others. Provocative attempts to push a radical Sharia agenda will serve only to widen the divide between our communities, especially in light of the recent challenges we have faced from the EDL and so called ‘Muslim patrols’.
“I hope that the police will closely monitor the situation to ensure residents are not disrupted by these plans. Everyone has a right to peaceful protest but on this occasion I urge the Sharia Project to think carefully about the impact their actions will have”
Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“The strength of our community is based on tolerance and mutual respect. I am clear that much harm is caused in our community by the misuse of alcohol. But the answer is to encourage its responsible use and clamp down on bad behaviour and not to spread messages of intolerance.”