Britain bans anti-war group after Afghan criticism

Britain said on Tuesday it would outlaw an anti-war group that highlighted Muslim victims of Afghan invasion with a cancelled plan.

Britain bans anti-war group after Afghan criticism

Britain said on Tuesday it would outlaw an anti-war group that highlighted Muslim victims of Afghan invasion with a cancelled plan to march through a town where processions are held for British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The group Islam4UK cancelled plans to march through the town of Wootton Bassett in southern England, saying it had successfully highlighted the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan and a march was no longer needed.

Islam4UK had said it wanted to hold a procession to highlight the deaths of innocent Muslim men, women and children who had been killed in the conflict.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Alan Johnson said, "the order will take effect on Thursday and make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

"I have today laid an order which will proscribe Al Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a number of the other names the organisation goes by," Johnson said in a statement.

The decision on Al-Muhajiroun that has been in Britain since the mid-1980s, will have to be endorsed by British parliament.

The United Nations released figures this week showing that civilian deaths rose 10.8 percent in the first 10 months of 2009 to 2,038, up from 1,838 for the same period of 2008.

246 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001.

Obama early this month ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghan invasion, leading people fearing higher civilian casualties.

There are already around 110,000 foreign troops for Afghanistan occupation.


Agencies


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