Australia: Hizb ut-Tahrir lecture to proceed despite PM ‘red card’ threat

842018-75f5a432-4e93-11e4-bf47-e615db9af88eHizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar. Picture: Britta Campion Source: News Corp Australia

RADICAL Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir will proceed with holding a lecture against the US-led mission in Syria in Sydney’s west on Friday night, despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledging to stop “hate preachers’’ entering Australia.

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar said he wasn’t surprised by Mr Abbott’s attempts to “silence dissent’’.

“We have long exposed government attempts to silence dissent against its unjust and brutal foreign policies, and here we now see moves to legalise this silencing of dissent,” Mr Badar said in a statement.

“Banning nonviolent political parties will only prove that the political leadership is unable to make its case through debate and argument.

“Our event this Friday seeks to elucidate the reality of US foreign policy with regards Syria and the Syrian uprising”…

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