Saturday, 2 February 2013

Mosque leaders condemn ‘political’ demonstration that forced Newham Town Hall closure

Newham Town Hall closed temporarily earlier today as protesters blocked the entrances demonstrating against legal action involving the controversial site for plans for Britain’s biggest mosque. 

 A still from the video on the Newham People's Alliance website.

Trustees of the Riverine Centre, who are behind the mosque development, have condemned the action involving around 300 people.

The crowd outside was believed to have been orchestrated by a group calling themselves the Newham People’s Alliance who posted a video to their website calling for widespread support for the Town Hall demonstration.

The group stated that it was protesting against Newham Council’s decision to take legal action to clear the Riverine Centre site currently used to house the London Markaz, a temporary hub for up to 2,500 Muslims.

The protest was peaceful and lasted around an hour but council officials decided to close the Town Hall in East Ham as a precaution for public safety.

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