Birmingham Central Mosque opens its doors for traditional tea party in answer to EDL protest
Birmingham Central Mosque and West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner will be hosting a best of British tea party on
While the English Defence League and counter demonstrators
protest elsewhere in the city, the mosque will be open to all and
serving tea, coffee and cakes while draped in bunting and Union
The tea party will start at 11am and the general public are
invited to attend and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with their
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"Every citizen has the right to peacefully protest but I feel the
demos on Saturday will bring little more than division to our city
and demand to our police force.
"I'd much rather see people at the tea party enjoying themselves
with their neighbours.
"Everyone at the mosque is really excited about hosting the
event and going all out with the 'best of British' decorations.
"I hope to see as many people there as possible, focussing on
what unites rather than divides us."
Muhammed Afzal, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, said: "We
would love the focus of Saturday to be our tea party rather than
the protests going on elsewhere.
"Our mosque is open to all and we thought the best response to
the demonstrations would be to invite our neighbours round for a
cup of tea."
PCC David Jamieson will be attending the event and faith and
community leaders from across the region have been