London's mayor on Tuesday criticized what he called a vicious campaign posted on the British prime minister's Web site objecting to a plan to build a large mosque, when no such plan exists.
Nearly 300,000 names appear on a petition on Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Web site demanding officials abolish the alleged plans to build a large mosque in Newham, east London, where much of the 2012 Olympics will take place.
The petition says such a mosque would cause "terrible violence and suffering."
Mayor Ken Livingstone, Brown's office and Newham local council have all denied the rumor.
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