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Police and faith alliance attacks counter-extremism bill
David Cameron's new counter-extremism legislation has been condemned by a powerful coalition of opponents, including the former police chief in charge of the government's anti-radicalisation programme, who warns that it could actually fuel terrorism.
The multi-faith alliance of 26 organisations and prominent individuals includes Liberty, Index on Censorship, the National Union of Students, Runnymede Trust and the Muslim Council of Britain, along with individuals including Peter Fahy, ex-chief constable of Greater Manchester and a former policing lead for the Prevent programme.
In a statement directed at the prime minister, the coalition said: "We are a cross-section of British society who believe in the necessity of keeping our nation safe and secure. As such, we are gravely concerned that the proposed counter-extremism and safeguarding bill will feed the very commodity that the terrorists thrive on: fear."
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