There is no place in our city for messages of hate

By on 15/07/2013 in Cllr Cotton, Leader

With protests planned for the city centre this weekend, we, the undersigned wish to make it clear that Birmingham is not a city that tolerates extremism in any shape or form.

Together we are committed to a progressive, safe and inclusive city, free from discrimination and all forms of extremism.

This is a city of many communities, nationalities and creeds - all harmoniously living and working side by side. Any attempt to disrupt that harmony will not succeed and will merely have a detrimental effect on the city economy, damaging shops and businesses as people opt to stay away.

We support and defend everyone's right to free speech. But to any individual or organisation promoting messages of hate and intolerance, our collective response as a city is very clear: You will not create divisions and you will not destroy our unity.

There is no place in our city for messages of hate. There is no place for intolerance and there is no place for violence or extremism of any kind.

Signed by:

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader, Conservative Party, Birmingham City Council

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Leader, Liberal Democrats, Birmingham City Council

Right Reverend David Urquhart – Bishop of Birmingham

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs, Singers Hill Synagogue

Mr Abdul Rashid, Treasurer, Birmingham Central Mosque

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi, Birmingham Progressive Synagogue

Major Samuel Edgar, West Midlands Commander, Salvation Army

Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr Mohinder Singh, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Mr Sewa Singh Mandla, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Bob Jones – Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime

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