Tower Hamlets Council leader replies to ‘hijab gates’ nonsense

Lutfur Rahman, leader of Tower Hamlets Council, replies to the Guardian‘s full-page scaremongering article, “Brick Lane plan for hijab gates angers residents“, in which bigoted residents were given a platform to claim, entirely inaccurately, that the proposed new arches in Brick Lane are “undoubtedly faith-specific to Islam” and “both Islamic and representing a specifically conservative form of Islam”.

He writes: “We would never go into this kind of programme with the blinkered intention of favouring one section of the community – which, judging by some of the Islamophobic reaction on your website, is clearly the impression left in the minds of many people reading your original article.”

Guardian, 26 February 2010