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British Prime Minister Sunak starts the fight against extremism with a striking speech: “Democracy itself is a target”

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Following a rise in anti-Semitic crimes and attacks on Muslims, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called on Friday for more unity in the fight against extremists. Islamists and right-wing extremists tried to poison minds and destroy trust and hope, he said.

Friday, March 1, 2024 at 9:16 PM

Sunak delivered the speech just outside his official residence in Downing Street, a location used for speeches on important national events. In this way, the Prime Minister wants to make it clear that he attaches great importance to the subject.

In recent months, peaceful gatherings have all too often been hijacked by small hate groups, Sunak says. He asks the police not only to supervise demonstrations, but also to take action in the future when necessary.

“What started as protests in our streets has degenerated into intimidation, threats and planned acts of violence,” Sunak said. “Jewish children are afraid to wear their school uniform because it reveals their identity. Muslim women are abused in the streets because of the actions of a terrorist group with which they have no connection. Now our democracy itself is a target. Council meetings and local events have been stormed. Members of Parliament do not feel safe in their homes.”

More prevention

The Prime Minister now wants to better support prevention programs and take measures to prevent people “who undermine this country” from entering the United Kingdom. People who entered the country on a visa and who spread hatred “lose the right to be here.”

The new war between Hamas and Israel has led to a sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic offenses in the United Kingdom. On Thursday, a by-election in the northern English district of Rochdale resulted in a victory for George Galloway, a candidate with strong anti-Israel views.

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