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Council 'delighted' at decision to scrap East End Islamic conference

PUBLISHED: 15:06 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 05 October 2010

Council chiefs have welcomed the Troxy's decision to call off next week's Islamic conference. After mounting pressure from the community, the venue took the decision to scrap the June 20 event 'The Book that Shook the World.'

Council chiefs have welcomed the Troxy's decision to call off next week's Islamic conference.

After mounting pressure from the community, the venue took the decision to scrap the June 20 conference, 'The Book that Shook the World.'

A spokesman for the Troxy said some speakers set to attend had the potential to clash with the Tower Hamlet's No Place for Hate pledge which the venue had recently signed.

In a joint statement Cllr Helal Abbas and Cllr Josh Peck said: "We called for the event to be cancelled because of concerns about the reported views of some of the speakers and the divisive impact it was having on our community.

"We are delighted that the Troxy's management have now listened and acted in a manner that supports their original commitment to the council's 'No Place for Hate' campaign."

The council also welcomed the news a march by the far-right English Defence League, slated for the same day, has also been scrapped

The statement reads: "We understand that the English Defence League has also listened to calls for it to withdraw its request for a demonstration and we would also ask Unite Against Fascism to call off their counter-demonstration.


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