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Written by Student Rights on 24 August 2012 at 11am

Islamia Village event cancelled by organisers

Earlier this month, Student Rights found that an event called Islamia Village had been promoted to students at Sheffield Hallam and London Metropolitan Universities and highlighted that a number of deeply intolerant speakers would be attending.

Following a campaign by anti-extremism activists it was announced yesterday that the event had been cancelled.

The venue owners had attempted to create a situation, in which they could ensure that no hate speech would be spread, including asking speakers to sign “a legally binding agreement proscribing any and all forms of hate speech” and proposing “both English and Urdu speakers monitoring each of the sessions...as well as full visual and sound monitoring”.

However, for a number of reasons, including “problems in accommodating some of the key speakers in the event”, they were unable to go ahead.

Whilst the organisers of the event predictably blamed everyone from the owners of the venue to the English Defence League, the fact that events like this are now facing the same difficulties as Far-Right groups like the British National Party is very encouraging, and the Thorpe Underwood Estate should be commended for their actions.