Foreign agitators in French riots?

Nov. 18, 2005 at 6:41 PM
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PARIS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- As the violence that has rocked France since Oct. 27 subsides, some analysts are concluding that London-based Hizb ut-Tahrir activists helped stoke the flames.

After the rioting continued for several days, Hizb ut-Tahrir concluded that the demonstrations had political value and sent some Pakistani, Algerian and Moroccan members to France, according to Indian analyst B. Rahman in a piece for the South Asia Analysis Group.

Rahman, one of Delhi's top security advisers and commentators on Islamic affairs, is a retired Additional Secretary of India's Cabinet Secretariat and Director of Chennai's Institute For Topical Studies with close ties to India's intelligence Research and Analysis Wing agency, or RAW.

Hizb ut-Tahrir was founded in 1953 in Saudi Arabia and Jordan by Palestinian Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. An-Nabhani's writings remain very influential: He rejects the "depraved democracies" imposed by the West on Muslim nations and advocates "a single state over the entire Muslim world" under the leadership of a caliph.

Like al-Qaida, Hizb ut-Tahrir intensively uses the Internet and digital technology to propagate its own version of globalization.

Unlike al-Qaida, it purports to reject violence and use solely peaceful means to achieve its goal. Its claims to being peaceable are undercut by its own publications.

Three months before Sept. 11, 2001, Hizb ut-Tahrir published the following call to arms in the magazine al-Vaiy: "A faithful Muslim should exercise all the methods to fight against infidels. There is no difference whether he will stand at a distance and fight or, without jumping by parachutes, will direct the plane to where the infidels are gathered."

In the wake of the July London bombings the British government began to consider banning the organization.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is currently banned in every Arab country except the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen. The party is also proscribed in Canada, Germany, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, and Uzbekistan.

Hizb ut-Tahrir activists now operate clandestinely in over 40 countries around the world.

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