The unjustifiable release of Anjem Choudary, a notorious Islamist hate preacher and a dangerous man, risks a fundamental deterioration of the battle against hate.
Choudary, the leader of the now banned terrorist organisation Al-Muhajiroun, encouraged hundreds to join Islamic State through his famous rallies, online talks, and powerful networks.
But Choudary was more than just a symbol and a charismatic leader to his followers. The British government let him operate freely for years preaching his toxic ideology, because he was able to skirt the boundaries of free speech. That leniency allowed Far Right groups such as the English Defence League and its leader, Tommy Robinson, to protest against Choudary’s perceived legitimacy.
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