Saturday, 22 September 2007
Gerard Batten's letter to the mayor of Brussels
Gerard Batten, MEP, handing in the SIOE Petition to the mayors’ office.
Below is Gerard Batten's letter to the mayor:
Gerard Batten MEP,
BD4 02M 105,
11th September 2007
Monsieur Freddy Thielemans,
Hotel de Ville,
Dear Monsieur Thielemans,
SIOE (Stop the Islamisation of Europe) Petition
Today I accepted a petition from Mr Anders Gravers, one of the organisers of the SIOE (Stop the Islamisation of Europe) campaign which he has asked me to pass on to you. Please find the petition enclosed.
I do not agree with everything that is said by the campaign but I do believe that they should have the right to peacefully demonstrate and express their views.
I do agree with them that the growth of fundamentalist and extreme Islam in Europe is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, and free speech should not be curtailed for those that wish to discuss it.
I would therefore respectfully ask you to reconsider your decision to ban their demonstration and permit them to hold a peaceful demonstration should they wish to do so in the future.
Member of the European Parliament for London