A group of British parliament members have demanded an investigation into the “Gates of Vienna” website, calling it a training manual for “anti-Muslim paramilitaries” potentially suspected of triggering social unrest and violence at the upcoming cartoons of Prophet Mohammed exhibition in London.
The right-wing populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate Anne-Marie Waters is organising the Prophet Mohammed cartoon exhibition that will open in London on Sept. 18.
Members of parliament from the Labour Party Ian Austin, Ruth Smeeth, Imran Hussain, Paula Sherriff, Wes Streeting and Jon Cryer sent a joint letter to the director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders in order to question whether the activities of the website are against the law or not.
— Gates of Vienna (@GatesofVienna) 28 Temmuz 2015
The politicians said in the letter “We would urge you to investigate the Gates of Vienna website and take appropriate action if anyone involved is deemed to be promoting terrorism and civil disorder.”
Ian Austin spoke with the Guardian criticising the articles in the website and said that “I am shocked that the Gates of Vienna website can publish articles promoting a strategy for civil war.”
The parliament member told that the Gates of Vienna website attempted to “provoke British Muslims” via the cartoon exhibition.
Austin urged police forces to open a probe for terrorism by saying “at a time when we should all be concerned about terrorism it is imperative that the police investigate this website and those behind the calls for civil war and I’ll be raising this with the home secretary, [Theresa May].”
The leader of the anti-fascist movement Hope Not Hate Nick Lowles has been another supporter of the exhibition ban.
Stressing the use of the exhibition as a tool for provocation, Lowles said that “Our concern is that the event is intended to provoke a reaction from British Muslims. It is not about freedom of speech, it is about incitement. The authorities cannot allow this event to go ahead. Communities shouldn’t rise to their bait, we must stand together as a show of strength.”
Lowles also slammed the publications in the website for providing instructions to anti-Muslim paramilitary groups on how to deal with conflicts between them and European Muslims including bomb making.
Lowles criticised unequal treatment towards the Muslim society by saying “If a Muslim had a similar website, which includes bomb manuals and details about assassinations and establishing paramilitary groups, then you can be sure action would be taken.”
A Metropolitan police spokesman said on Monday that they will arrange a security plan for the exhibition and refused to comment any further.
Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, who displayed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on national television after his requests to hold an exhibition in the Dutch parliament hall was refused will also attend the London exhibition.
The Gates of Vienna website has been named over the battle of Vienna between Europe and the Ottoman Empire in 1683, in which the empire was stopped at the Gates of Vienna by European armies.
Recently, two gunmen were shot dead in Garland, Texas after they opened fire outside a contest for depicting the Prophet Muhammad that was organised by a far-right group known for sponsoring Islamophobic ads on US public transport systems.