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Violent Muslims 'over-emphasised'
Ken Livingstone
The Mayor made his remarks on the Today programme
The Mayor of London has condemned what he said was greater publicity given to Muslim extremists over and above non-Islamic groups.

Ken Livingstone told BBC radio too much emphasis was placed on Muslim extremism while the vast majority of faiths wanted to live together in harmony.

He said a situation had been reached where any comment by politicians on Muslims had "front page coverage".

His claims were endorsed by a spokesman from the London Muslim Centre.

The Mayor told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "There's a small - we're talking about a couple of hundred, no more than that - (number of) potentially violent people who happen to be Muslims.

"There's always going to be a small minority of people in any groups who are potentially violent; the vast majority of all faiths and races, certainly in this city, are committed to tolerance and working with one another."
There's always going to be a small minority of people in any groups who are potentially violent
Ken Livingstone

The Mayor's remarks were echoed by Numan Hussain, a project manager at the London Muslim Centre which is an Islamic charity.

He said: "I wholeheartedly agree with what he has said.

"Especially during this holy month of Ramadan, we should all endorse peaceful people of all other faiths and live together in harmony.

"Too much emphasis is being placed on extremist elements in society."

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