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Rishi Sunak’s passionate plea to protect British democracy | World News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has launched a plea to protect democracy in Britain, warning that extremist forces are trying to divide the country and undermine multi-faith identity.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Sunak affirmed the importance of Welcoming migrants of all faiths and ethnicities and urged protesters to ensure that peaceful protests are not hijacked by extremists.
“The immigrants who came here integrated and contributed. They helped write the final chapter in our island’s history. They did it without having to give up their identity,” Sunak said in a speech delivered outside 10 Downing Street.
“You can be a practicing Hindu and a proud Briton like me, or a devout Muslim and a patriotic citizen like so many others are, or a committed Jew and the heart of your local community, and all supported by the tolerance of our established country, Christian church,” he said.
“But I fear that our great achievement in building the most successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy in the world is being deliberately undermined. There are forces here at home trying to tear us apart,” he added.
Sunak was speaking shortly after what he called a “beyond alarming” by-election victory on Thursday for controversial politician George Galloway in Greater Manchester, following a dominated campaign by the divisions of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Britain’s streets have been taken over by small groups hostile to British values ​​and with no respect for its democratic traditions, the British Prime Minister said.
“Islamist extremists and the far right feed off and encourage each other. They are also desperate to pretend that their violence is somehow justified when in reality these groups are two sides of the same extremist medal… both hate the pluralist and modern country that we are,” he added.
The British Prime Minister stressed that extremists were spreading the poison of extremism in a bid to undermine Britain’s confidence.
“No country is perfect, but I am extremely proud of the good our country has done,” he said.
“I am here as our country’s first non-white Prime Minister, leading the most diverse government in our country’s history to tell people of all races, faiths and backgrounds that this is not It’s not the color of your skin, the God you believe in or where you were born that will determine your success, but only your hard work and effort.”
Sunak reiterated his support for a new protocol agreed with the country’s police forces earlier this week to take action against violent activity that threatens the personal safety of MPs as well as any violence during the serial protests taking place in response to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“I love this country. My family and I owe it a lot. Now is the time for all of us to come together to fight the forces of division and defeat this poison. We must stand up to the extremists who would tear us apart,” he said. he insisted.
( with the contribution of the agency)


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