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UK PM Rishi Sunak issues warning against extremists undermining multi-faith democracy

02:01 AM Mar 03, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
uk pm rishi sunak issues warning against extremists undermining multi faith democracy
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New Delhi, Mar 2: In an address from Downing Street, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has issued a stark warning against extremists seeking to undermine the United Kingdom's foundational principles of a multi-faith democracy.

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Sunak's speech, particularly delivered from a lectern outside No. 10—a setting traditionally reserved for major declarations—emphasized the existential threat posed by both Islamist and far-right extremists. Labelling them as "two sides of the same extremist coin," the Prime Minister accused these groups of harbouring a deep-seated hatred for Britain, a sentiment that undermines the nation's democratic fabric.

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The backdrop of Sunak's address is a landscape of heightened tension and division, not only within the political arena but also among the public. This tension has been further exacerbated by ongoing protests related to the Israel-Gaza conflict, which Sunak highlighted as a point of concern.

The protests, according to the Prime Minister, have at times descended into intimidation and violence, threatening the country's peace and security.

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While Sunak's speech was rich in rhetoric against extremism, it was thin on specific policy announcements. This approach underscores a strategic choice to emphasize solidarity and determination against threats to national unity, rather than immediately unveiling new legislative measures.

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The timing of Sunak's address follows a controversial by-election in Rochdale, where the victory of George Galloway—a candidate criticized by Sunak for dismissing the significance of recent events in Israel—prompted the Prime Minister to denounce the outcome as "beyond alarming publicly."

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This incident, among others, highlights the charged atmosphere of UK politics, where issues of security, democracy, and extremism intersect with domestic and international concerns.

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In his speech, Sunak also took a broader stance against all forms of hatred, including antisemitism and anti-Muslim sentiments, while advocating for a balanced approach to handling protests. He promised support for law enforcement in managing demonstrations and announced plans for a new robust framework to address these challenges.

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