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Written by Student Rights on 15 August 2012 at 10am

Hizb ut-Tahrir student activism continues at London's universities

Earlier this year Student Rights published a report which highlighted the extent to which the extremist Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir were involved in campus activism across a number of London universities.

In the report we found that the group’s material was regularly shared online by several student societies, and that a number of individual students were involved in promoting Hizb ut-Tahrir events and speakers.

This weekend the organisation held a demonstration outside of the Bangladeshi embassy to protest against the country’s refusal to admit Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing persecution in Burma.

Whilst this may seem like a laudable aim, promotional material for the march also called for “the removal of [Prime Minister] Sheikh Hasina and the kufr system with the implementation of the Khilafah system”.

This also echoes Hizb ut-Tahrir posters found by Student Rights at the University of Westminster’s Cavendish campus in February 2012 which encouraged students to attend a march supporting Syrian Muslims and claimed that “the only road to real liberation, revival and justice...is the establishment of the Islamic Khilafah state”. 

Promotion for this march appeared on a number of student Facebook pages monitored by Student Rights, and both photographs and video of the march were shared by a number of students who appear to have attended.

The same was true of the organisation’s summer Khilafah Conference in June 2012, when the head of a student society at Westminster University showed his involvement by tweeting “for tickets please let me know!

In the run-up to this weekend’s event, which featured speeches from senior Hizb ut-Tahrir members including Taji Mustafa and Dr Abdul Wahid, it was promoted in a similar fashion to students at the University of Westminster and Queen Mary University.

Posters for the event were shared on a number of Facebook groups, and students were told "make sure your [sic] at the demo people".

Whilst Hizb ut-Tahrir are a legal political party, and students have every right to become involved with their activism it should be noted that they are one of several organisations that are effectively barred from operating on university campuses by the National Union of Students’ ‘No Platform’ policy.

They were also mentioned in the Prevent review as the authors felt that “there is unambiguous evidence to indicate that some extremist organisations, notably Hizb-ut-Tahrir, target specific universities and colleges...with the objective of radicalising and recruiting students”.

 

Student Rights have also attended events on campus featuring Hizb ut-Tahrir speakers where students were told that democracy was a failed ideology, and where a Jewish student was jeered for asking a member of the organisation to condemn anti-Semitic propaganda.

We have also spoken to a number of students who feel that Hizb ut-Tahrir’s anti-Semitic and undemocratic ideas have no place on their campus and have sought to challenge them when they do appear.

Working with these students, including the many moderate Muslims who find the organisation’s extremist ideas utterly objectionable, we must do all we can to ensure that a ‘civic intolerance’ of the group is built up on campuses, in the same way that it has been with the British National Party.

That Hizb ut-Tahrir continues to openly use students to promote its events and material via student Facebook pages and other social media is something we must all rally against.

We should not be fooled into thinking that just because the majority of activity now takes place online that the battle has been won.