The anti-Muslim backlash continues


The anti-Muslim backlash continues

Written by: IRR News Team


Racist attacks have continued in the weeks after the London bombings.

  • 20 July: Anti-Muslim slogans are daubed on a bridge over the A46 Lincoln bypass near Burton village in Lincolnshire. (BBC News 20.7.05)
  • 17 July: Muhammed Haq, 27, an imam at Dulwich Islamic Centre, is followed by the driver of a white van as he is cycling to prayers and then repeatedly punched to the ground by the man. He suffers a shattered cheekbone in the attack. A 20-year-old man is questioned on suspicion of racist assault. (South London Press 19.7.05)
  • 16 July: A man is seen defacing a sign at a Bangladeshi mosque in Swindon. A person who intervened is subjected to religious verbal abuse. (BBC News 18.7.05)
  • 16 July: A mosque in Cardiff receives racist hate-mail followed by a break-in, in which animal parts are left at the mosque. (BBC News 18.7.05)
  • 15 July:A 20-year-old University of Plymouth student, of Pakistani origin, suffers severe facial injuries and bruising to his arms and legs after three racist thugs verbally abuse him, stamp and smash a bottle over his head in a park in Plymouth. (Plymouth Evening Herald 19.7.05)
  • 14 July: Independent reports that eight people are arrested for public order offences at the Broadway pub in Beeston, Leeds, which is half a mile away from the home of one of the suspected London bombers. Police arrest members of the Leeds Services Crew, a football hooligan group, at the pub. (Independent 16.7.05)
  • 10 July: Racist graffiti is daubed on the pavement outside Park Primary School, Stratford, and on the wall of a home belonging to a Pakistani family nearby. Together, local residents paint over the graffiti. ( This is Local London 17.7.05)
  • 9 July: David Lane, 24, shouts racist abuse about the London bombings in Halifax town centre and is arrested by police officers patrolling the town centre. A week later he is fined £250 and ordered to pay £43 costs. (Halifax Courier 16.7.05)
  • 8 July 2005: A man threatens to bomb Hendon Islamic Centre and Mosque in London. (This is Hertfordshire 14.7.05)
  • 7/8 July 2005: Asian-owned businesses are targeted in the Cheshunt area of Hertfordshire. £26,000 worth of damage is caused after vehicles are driven through the front of five businesses, two Indian restaurants and three shops. (Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury 15.7.05)
  • 7 July: Pork is dumped outside the Dulwich Islamic Centre in South-east London. (South London Press 19.7.05)

See also IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash begins.

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IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash begins

Islamic Human Rights Commission on-line racist incident reporting form

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