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Protecting our democracy

Mar 02, 2024
In recent weeks and months we have seen a striking increase in extremist unrest and crime. What began as protests in our streets has turned into threats of intimidation and planned acts of violence. Jewish children afraid to wear their school uniform, let it reveal their identity. Muslim women abused in the street by the actions of a terrorist group with whom they have no connection now our

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itself is a target Council meetings and local events have been raided MPs do not feel safe in their homes long-standing parliamentary conventions have been annulled due to security concerns and It is more than alarming that last night in the Rochdale Bar elections a candidate emerged who dismisses the horror of what happened on 7 October, who glorifies Hezbollah and has the backing of Nick Griffin , the racist former leader of the BNP.
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I need to talk to all of you tonight. because this situation has lasted long enough and requires a response not only from the government but from all of us. Britain is a patriotic liberal democratic society where they are proud of their past and a bright future. We are a reasonable country and a decent people. Our story is. one of progress of great achievements and lasting values ​​the immigrants who have come here have integrated and contributed have helped write the last chapter of the history of our island. They have done it without having to give up their identity.
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You can be a practicing Hindu and a proud one. Britain as I am or a devout Muslim and a patriotic citizen as many are or a committed Jewish person and the heart of their local community and all underpinned by the tolerance of our established Christian church, we are a country where we love our neighbors and are building Britain together, but I fear that our great achievement in building the world's most successful multi-ethnic and multi-religious

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is being deliberately taken into account. There are forces here at home trying to separate us since October 7th. There have been those who try to take advantage of the situation. very human anxieties that we all feel about the terrible suffering that war brings to the innocent, to women and children to promote a divisive and hateful ideological agenda, on too many occasions recently our streets have been hijacked by small groups that are hostile to our values ​​and have no respect for our Democratic Traditions being a member of our society depends on a few simple things: respecting the rule of law and that change can only occur through the peaceful democratic process; threats of violence and intimidation are foreign to our way of doing things; they must be. resisted throughout, almost everyone in Britain supports these basic values, but there are small, hostile groups who do not make their voices heard.
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Islamist extremists and the far right feed and embolden each other; They are equally desperate to pretend that their violence is somehow justified when in reality these groups are two sides of the same extremist coin. Neither group, except that change in our country can only be achieved through the peaceful democratic process. We both hate the pluralistic and modern country that we are. We both want to pit Britain against Britain to weaponize the evils of antisemitism and antisemitism. -Muslim hatred for its own purposes the faith of Islam practiced peacefully by millions of our fellow citizens is emphatically not the same as the extremist political ideology of Islamism which aims to separate Muslims from the rest of society Islamist extremists and groups of extreme right are spreading poison, that poison is extremism, their goal is to take away our confidence in ourselves as a people and in our shared future, they want us to doubt ourselves, to doubt each other, to doubt history and achievements of our country, that we accept a moral equivalence. between Britain and some of the world's most despicable regimes want us to believe that our country and the West in general are solely responsible for the world's ills and that we, along with our allies, are the problem;
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In short, they want to destroy our trust. And I hope we don't let that happen when these groups claim that Britain is and has been on the wrong side of History, we should reject that again and again. No country is perfect, but I am enormously proud of the good our country has done. Our place in history is defined by the sacrifices our people have made in service of their own freedom and that of others and when these groups tell our children that they cannot and will not succeed because of who they are, when they tell our children children that the system is rigged against them or that Britain is a racist country this is not just a lie but a cynical attempt to crush the dreams of young people and turn ISC minds against their own society.
I am here as the first non-white prime minister of our country leading the most diverse. government in the history of our country to tell people of all races, all religions and all backgrounds, it is not the color of your skin, the god you believe in or the place where you were born that will determine your success, but just your own hard work and effort, and we must be prepared to defend our shared values ​​in all circumstances, no matter how difficult they are and I respect that the police have a hard job in policing the protests that we have seen and that they are operationally independent , but we must draw a line, yes we can, march and protest with passion, we can demand the protection of civilian life, but no, we cannot call for a violent jihad;
There is no context in which it can be acceptable to radiate anti-Semitic tropes at Big Ben in the middle of a vote on Israel, Gaza and there. There can be no cause that can be used to justify supporting a prescribed terrorist group like Hamas and yes you can freely criticize the actions of this government or any government which is a fundamental democratic right but no you cannot use that as an excuse to To call for the eradication of a State or any type of hatred or anti-Semitism this week I met with senior police officials and I made it clear that the public expectation is that they will not only manage these protests but that they will monitor them and I tell them This to The police we will support them when they take action, but if we ask for more from the police, we in government must also back that call with action to that end, this month the government will implement a robust new framework to address this issue.
To ensure that we are addressing the root causes of this problem and that no extremist organization or individual receives legitimacy for their actions and interactions with the central government, you cannot be part of our civic life if your agenda is to bring it down, we will do so. We will redouble our support for the prevention program to prevent young minds from being poisoned by extremism. We will demand that universities stop extremist activity on campuses. We will also act to prevent people from entering this country whose goal is to undermine its values. The Home Secretary has given instructions that if those of us here on visa matters choose to spew hate or protest or seek to intimidate people, we will take away their right to be here and our Britain must not be a country in which we descend to polarized camps with some communities living parallel lives, it is not enough to live side by side we must live together United by shared values ​​and a shared commitment to this country and I want to speak directly to those who choose to continue protesting, do not let the extremists take over of their marches, they have the opportunity to demonstrate it in the coming weeks. that you can protest decently, peacefully and with empathy for your fellow citizens, let us prove these extremists wrong and show them that even when we disagree we will never be disunited from our common values ​​of decency and respect.
I love this country, my family and I owe it to them. The time has come for us all to unite to combat the forces of division and defeat this poison. We must confront the extremists who would destroy us. There must be leadership, not complacency or appeasement when they tell their lies. Let's tell the truth, when they try to undermine our trust, we will redouble our efforts and when they try to make us doubt each other, we will dig deeper for that extra ounce of compassion and empathy that they want us to believe doesn't exist, but that if we do, we can tap into it. our great achievement of creating the Britain of today into a country of kind, decent and tolerant people.
We can make this a country where we all feel a renewed sense of pride. This is our home, so let's move forward together. Confident in our values ​​and confident in our future.

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