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Hate preacher Anjem Choudary to attend Brick Lane anti-alcohol march

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:22 12 December 2013

Anjem Choudary will attend the rally in Brick Lane. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Anjem Choudary will attend the rally in Brick Lane. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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EXCLUSIVE: Islamist firebrand Anjem Choudary will attend a march against the drinking and sale of alcohol in Brick Lane tomorrow, the Advertiser can reveal.

The infamous leader of the group al-Muhajiroun said he hopes the rally will help convince Muslims and non-Muslims to “cut out alcohol from society altogether”.

The march on Friday by The Sharia Project, a group based in Waltham Forest with members in Whitechapel, will protest the drinking and sale of alcohol by Muslims in east London, which it says is sinful under Islamic law.

Mr Choudary today confirmed his links to the group after its spokesman Abu Ramaysah described him as one of its “mentors”.

He said: “I teach a lot of them and they have studied Sharia with me.”

Mr Choudary also criticised mosques in east London for tolerating the sale of alcohol, accusing them of doing so for money.

He said: “A Muslim knows it’s completely prohibited to sell alcohol.

“Some Muslims have gotten quite wealthy in the area of Brick Lane, and some of the so-called mosques in the area are benefiting from the sale of alcohol, so they keep their mouth closed.

He added: “The Whitechapel mosque and others take money from businesses in the area in donations at Friday prayers.

“This is not good enough. For non-Muslims it’s one thing. Muslims should know better.”

An East London Mosque official has said the rally is a publicity stunt that would “antagonise local people and business owners”.

On Monday, Mr Choudary defended three men sentenced to jail for threatening people drinking alcohol in east London in so-called “Muslim Patrols”.

He said the men, who were members of his group, were “fantastic individuals” who deserved to be “patted on the back”.

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