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London: Muslims demand ban on alcohol, threaten sellers with 40 lashes

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In a popular area of London scores of Islamic protesters demanded that restaurants and shops stop selling alcohol, warning business owners they would face 40 lashes if they continued to sell alcoholic beverages.

According to multiple media reports, the Islamic protesters, led by former Al-Muhajiroun leader Anjem Choudary, staged their protest Friday, warning restaurants and shops in the Brick Lane area of East London that they would face 40 lashes if they continued to sell alcoholic products, which are banned under Sharia Law.

Brick Lane is renowned as a popular location for office Christmas parties. Protest organizers told The Times the protest was held on Friday to coincide with the large number of office workers who would be in the area for Christmas parties.

The protest was led by Anjem Choudary, one of Britain’s most controversial preachers, and the former leader of the Al-Muhajiroun group, which was banned under terrorism laws. Choudary told those gathered at the protest it was his wish that Sharia law, banning alcohol, should be enforced in Britain.

Around 60 men and women in burkas distributed warning letters to Muslim-owned businesses in the area. They also held up banners with slogans including: "Save lives, don't drink or sell alcohol! Stand for Shariah!" and “Islam is the perfect system for all mankind.”

Last week, three men who were part of a "Muslim patrol" in the same area were jailed for threatening and beating up people they claimed had breached strict Islamic rules on alcohol and dress.

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