Muslim group given ASBO after ‘violent’ Oxford Street preaching

A group of Muslim men have been given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) that will restrict their behaviour at religious events – despite fears it could breach their human rights.

The decision comes after the men were all convicted of public order offences after disorder which broke out at a march in Edgware Road and a Dawah event in Oxford Street in May 2013.

Dawahs are public gatherings where Islam is preached. A judge at the Old Bailey has ruled that the 12 men cannot be in groups of more than five people at such an event, or in a group that is carrying a flagpole or burning anything – unless it is for smoking or keeping warm.