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Anti-Sharia Rally: Hyde Park/North Carriage Drive (Marble Arch tube)

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Anti-Sharia Rally: Hyde Park/North Carriage Drive (Marble Arch tube)

Time: November 21, 2009 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Hyde Park, London
Street: Hyde Park
City/Town: London
Event Type: demo, uk, olfa
Organized By: One Law for All
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2014

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"The One Law for All campaign is organising a rally against Sharia and all religious-based laws in Britain and across the world and in defence of human rights and secularism on November 21 in London. Rally organisers are calling upon those who cannot get to London to organise rallies or acts of solidarity in various cities across the globe."

Saturday, November 21, 2009
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hyde Park, London, UK and other locations around the world.

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Comment by Netcon on November 14, 2009 at 20:13
Further Info
Simultaneous acts of solidarity and support for the rally and its aims will take place in countries across the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Nigeria, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden.

Moreover, winners of the campaign’s art competition exposing the discriminatory nature of religious law and promoting freedom and equal rights will be announced at the event.

One Law for All Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, commented, ‘Sharia law is becoming a key battleground, particularly because it is an extension and representation of the rising threat of Islamism. Sharia matters to people everywhere because it adversely affects the rights, lives and freedoms of countless human beings across the world. Opposing Sharia law is a crucial step in defending universal and equal rights and secularism and showing real solidarity with people living under and resisting it everywhere. November 21 is yet another important day for further strengthening the mass movement needed that can and will put a stop to Sharia once and for all.’


1. The One Law for All campaign rally marks Universal Children’s Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:
Date: November 21, 2009
Time: 1200hrs – 1400hrs
Place: North Carriage Drive, in-between Stanhope Place Gate and Albion Gate, Hyde Park (closest underground Marble Arch).

2. Speakers at the rally include: Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Asad Abbas; Poet ‘AK47;’ One Law for All’s Yasmin Atasheen; Musician Fari B; International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Roy Brown; Secularist Ismail Einashe; Singer/Songwriter David Fisher; Philosopher AC Grayling; Women Against Fundamentalism’s Rahila Gupta; Journalist Johann Hari; Poet ‘Lilith;’ Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq’s Houzan Mahmoud, Lawyer Cris Mccurley; Lawyer Rony Miah; Campaigner Maryam Namazie; Writer Taslima Nasrin; Southall Black Sisters’ Pragna Patel; British Humanist Association’s Naomi Phillips; European Humanist Federation’s David Pollock; Iranian Secular Society’s Fariborz Pooya; National Secular Society’s Terry Sanderson; Poet Selina aka ‘Jus1Jam;’ Activist Muriel Seltman; Equal Rights Now’s Sohaila Sharifi; Organisation for the Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq’s Issam Shukri; Iran Solidarity’s Bahram Soroush; Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell and National Secular Society’s Keith Porteous Wood.

3. Art competition judges are Philosopher AC Grayling; Singer Deeyah; Journalist Johann Hari; and Columnist Polly Toynbee.

4. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions including the affinity between the far right and the Islamists, the issue of secularism, whether Islamic states are a threat to humankind and the need to defend the right to asylum for those who have fled Sharia law can be found on

5. One Law for All campaign was launched on 10 December 2008 - International Human Rights Day. It has since received the support of over 20,000 groups and individuals.

6. For further comment or information, please contact Maryam Namazie on +44 (0) 7719166731 or or visit
Comment by Netcon on November 14, 2009 at 1:35
Well, as you say, its better than nothing, its just a bit disappointing to see such a partisan and prejudiced view of the possible partners :-) Here's their official URL now:
Morrigan Comment by Morrigan on November 3, 2009 at 14:35
I don't think this Maryam has the power to kick us all out. She will regret if she does.
Comment by paul collings on November 2, 2009 at 17:26
i think Anthony,s suggestion to attend but to go incognito is the best advice. The chances are that the rally will quickley turn mush and most people will be forced to find their way home on dangerous streets so blending in with the genral public would be best. there are a lot of Islamic hard liners in the area.
Comment by Scottish Lionheart on November 1, 2009 at 23:02
It would be interesting to see how much Muslim support there is for this march
Comment by Antony on October 28, 2009 at 10:43
Re 1st comment - just go incognito and checkout the vibe, ie don't wear badges or carry banners etc, get chatting to the ordinary decent people on the rally and let them know you're not racist/fascist etc
It is the only anti sharia demo going on in London - so thats' a good thing anyway and is therefore worth going on.
The One Law For All website has started up a forum in the forthcoming events section, perhaps Casuals Utd & EDL could write in to inform their grassroots readers that they are not racist etc ?
PS; those attending should also be aware that the rally is being held a stone's throw from Speakers Corner which is populated by islamic fundamentalist nutters, and is near the Arab area in Edgware Rd.
Best Of Luck
Comment by Netcon on October 16, 2009 at 12:18
Warning! Maryam (the organiser) will kick out of the demo, most of the people on this website. So prepared to be embarrassed and disappointed if you go!

It helps to be Iranian, Marxist or ex-Muslim if you want your views to be acceptable to her, and not be branded a 'racist' - as happened to March for England so unfairly, last time :-)

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