Posters on lamp posts and bus stops telling Muslims not to vote in the upcoming general election were plastered across an area of Cardiff. The signs read: ‘Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah’ and told the Muslim electorate: ‘Islam is the only real workable solution for the UK.’
UK Daily Mail Cardiff Council have begun removing the posters, dubbed ‘chilling’ and ‘threatening’ by locals. The full message on the poster reads: ‘Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah and decides what is permissible or impermissible for mankind, based solely on their whims and desires.
‘This leads to a decayed and degraded society where crime and immorality becomes widespread and injustice becomes the norm. ‘Islam is the only real, working solution for the UK. ‘It is a comprehensive system of governance where the laws of Allah are implemented and justice is observed.’
— Godless Utopia (@GodlessUtopia) April 16, 2015
Grangetown councillor Ashley Govier said: ‘People have a right to vote and that needs to be respected. Grangetown is a very tolerant area but it’s got to go both ways.
‘If they do choose not to exercise their right to vote, that’s their business but we’re trying to encourage people to do so and this is unhelpful and not very nice.’
Sahar al-Faifi, 29, of the Muslim Council of Wales, said the anti-voting posters were put up in response to the voter registration campaign in Cardiff for the last three months.
Miss al-Faifi added: ‘The reason behind these posters is we have had such a successful voter registration campaign across mosques in Cardiff. ‘We have been doing it every Friday for three months to encourage worshippers in an unpartisan way to participate in their civic duties.
‘Most mosques were on board and the hateful people behind these posters do not represent us. ‘The mosques believe they can be part of the political process of this country.’
The groups Muslim Council of Wales, Hope Not Hate and CitizenUK have been leading the voter registration action across the Cardiff suburbs of Cathays, Grangetown and Butetown.