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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Muslims oppose Terrorism Bill

Shaikh Abu Hamza called the conference
Muslims from Britain and the US are meeting in London to plan opposition to the government's anti-terrorist legislation.

The conference at Finsbury Park mosque has been organised by Shaikh Abu Hamza, who has been accused of supporting violence abroad.

Some Islamic groups argue that the new Terrorism Bill currently passing through Parliament will lead to the harassment and arrest of their members.

The government says the bill will target those who threaten the democratic process by the use of violence.

Security risk

But critics complain that a new criminal offence of incitement could be used against anyone advancing a religious or ideological goal.

Islamic groups that support an independence in Kashmir and Chechnya fear they could be at risk from the police and security services when the measure becomes law.

Similar legislation is planned in the United States and this is the first time that Muslim groups from both countries have attempted to co-ordinate a response.

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