The racist backlash to the London bombings continues

The racist backlash to the London bombings continues


Written by: IRR News Team

Across the UK, serious violent racial attacks are still on the increase, as are incidents of persistent ‘low-level’ harrassment – of people, their homes, and businesses.

  • 10 August 2005: A Muslim woman tells BBC Wales how a man abused her and her family and threw stones at her home; breaking a window. (BBC News 10.8.05)
  • 10 August 2005: A worshipper at Al-Huda mosque in Mile End is nearly run over by a White man, outside the mosque, who drives his car straight at him. (Black Britain 11.8.05)
  • 9 August 2005: Milton Keynes Race Equality Council reports that incidents of verbal abuse since the London bombings have nearly doubled compared to July last year. (Milton Keynes Citizen 9.8.05)
  • 9 August 2005: Islington Gazette reports that racist graffiti, swastikas and BNP symbols have been daubed over parts of the Barbican estate in Finsbury. (Islington Gazette 10.8.05)
  • 9 August 2005: An Iraqi man living in Cardiff is assaulted by four White men in Bridgend in the early hours. He is punched, kicked and hit over the head. The man suffers a broken shoulder and cuts to his head that require stitches in an attack the police are treating as racially motivated. (BBC News 10.8.05)
  • 9 August 2005: Daily Mirror reports that a website for Anthony Walker, who was murdered in a racist attack in Huyton , Liverpool, has been targeted by racists who have posted messages mocking the death of ‘another n****r’. (Daily Mirror 9.8.05)
  • 8 August 2005: A young Kurdish asylum seeker is singled out as he walks along the street. He is abused – called a ‘bomber’ – and when a bystander intervenes and puts themselves between the two young men the White man throws a punch at the Kurdish man cutting his lip and causing bruising. (Report to IRR News)
  • 8 August 2005: Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) reports that a Pakistani woman in Glasgow says she was kicked and thrown on the ground by two women who screamed racial slurs and spat on her; one of her attackers was an African American and the other a White woman. The same woman reports that she and her family have been abused in the street on a daily basis since the London bombing and her children have been attacked by other children. (Positive Action in Housing email 8.8.05)
  • 8 August 2005: PAIH reports that a Muslim family living in Royston, Glasgow is moved from the area after a man waving a weapon launches a verbal attack on the family. (Positive Action in Housing email 8.8.05)
  • 8 August 2005: BBC News reports that Dr Yashen Maharaj, 28, is racially abused and has stones thrown at him by two White youths as he walks to Medway Maritime hospital’s doctors’ residence in Gillingham. (BBC News 8.8.05)
  • 7 August 2005: Four Asian men are injured after a ‘disturbance’ outside a pub in Glasgow’s east end. Shezad Mohammed, 30, is in hospital in a serious condition; his brothers Ramzan Mohammed, 35 and Nasir Mohammed, 33, and their cousin Tariq Mahmood are treated in hospital and later released. Police have refused to say if the attack was racially motivated. On 8 August three men appeared before Glasgow sheriff court in relation to the attack. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal about four other men in connection to the incident. (Glasgow Daily Record 9.8.05)
  • 7 August 2005: Muslim women hold a ‘peace walk’ to encourage unity through Crawley after they are racially abused in the town. (BBC News 7.8.05)
  • 6 August 2005: Hull City football fans taunt QPR fans with chants about the London bombings, police have to step in to keep fans apart and other leave the ground in disgust. A Hull City fan is arrested for racial chanting. The chairman of Hull City FC ‘unreservedly’ apologises for his fans’ behaviour and promises a lifetime ban on those involved. (Daily Telegraph 9.8.05)
  • 6 August 2005: A suspicious object outside a home in Armagh city sparks a security alert. Police say it was an ‘elaborate hoax’ and that that it is being treated as ‘racial’. (Belfast Telegraph 8.8.05)
  • 5 August 2005: Cab driver, Mafoud Nana, 52, is racially abused and attacked by two drunk men who leave his cab without paying in Sheffield; the men also attack the car. Nana is left bleeding and drives himself to hospital where he is treated. (Sheffield Star 8.8.05)
  • 5 August 2005: A 37-year-old Asian man is racially abused by a gang of four men, two of whom then cross the street to punch him in Portsmouth. He suffers a cracked cheekbone and bruising to his face. (BBC News 8.8.05)
  • 5 August 2005: King’s Cross Racial Diversity Project reports that racist attacks, including widespread racist abuse and incidents where women have had their headscarves pulled off, have risen across the Kings Cross, Somers Town and Euston area. (Hamstead & Highgate Express 5.8.05)
  • 4 August 2005: Angie Ncube, 28, a Zimbabwean woman is stabbed in the eye and leg after disturbing a burglar in her home in Dingle, Liverpool. Her assailant racially abuses her and she jumps from a first floor window to escape him. Police arrest Gary Connolly on suspicion of assault, aggravated burglary and racially aggravated offences. (BBC News 6.8.05 and BBC News 7.8.05)
  • 4 August 2005: Police arrest an 18-year-old man on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with a racist attack on an 18-year-old Iraq man in Portsmouth; he is bailed until 4 October. A 23-year-old man arrested soon after the attack is also bailed until 4 October. (BBC News 4.8.05)
  • 4 August 2005: Malcolm Turner, 65, appears before South Devon magistrates at Totnes charged with racially or religiously aggravated harassment and threatening behaviour towards Arwa Jaber in Newton Abbot on 23 July. (Torquay Herald Express 4.8.05)
  • 3 August 2005: Thames Valley police report a 40 per cent increase in racially aggravated crime in July compared to the same period last year. (Reading Evening Post 4.8.05)
  • 1 August 2005: An Asian mother, 30, with her two young daughters, is racially abused, kicked and spat at by a White couple in Clacton, Essex. The man in his late 30s makes specific reference to the London bombings. (East Anglian Daily Times 4.8.05)
  • 1 August 2005: Imran Bhatti, 25, is abused as he walks along the street in Norwich; he is accused of being a ‘bomber’. (His brother, Fiaz had lost his fiancée Benedetta Ciaccia in the London bombings.) (Norwich Evening News 5.8.05 and Eastern Daily Press 6.8.05)
  • 30 July 2005: The take-away owned by Liakoth Ali Khondoker in Carlisle (see below 29.7.05) has all its windows smashed, their delivery man’s van windows are smashed. Cumbria News & Star also reports that NF stickers have appeared in the area in recent weeks. (Cumbria News & Star 3.8.05)
  • 30 July 2005: A Black parking attendant is racially abused and threatened with a machete by a man in a van in Redhill, Surrey. A 24-year-old man from Smallfield is arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and later released on bail. (BBC News 9.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Four Asian teenagers aged 16-19, are cornered in Sutton Common recreation ground by White youth who blamed for them for the London bombings and then attack them. One victim is left with a broken jaw, another needs six stitches to his lip and the others are bruised and cut after being punched and kicked. (Sutton Guardian 9.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: A Bangladeshi man, Liakoth Ali Khondoker, is racially abused by a gang of men in a car as he walks to a mosque in Carlisle. (Cumbria News & Star 3.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Staff at the Mehraaj takeaway in South Elmsall are preparing to close when a White man enters the shop and demands food. He racially abuses and punches the owner. The man then drives his van at the shop front; no one is injured. (Wakefield Today 5.8.05)
  • 22 July 2005: A car owned by a Pakistani man parked outside his home in Tadworth, Surrey, has every panel on it dented by two White men who also smash lights on the car. The wing mirrors are ripped off the next night and on 27 July the wing mirrors are smashed and attempts are made to rip them off again. Police are treating the attack as racially motivated. (BBC News 9.8.05)
  • 22 July 2005: Mustafa, 35, reports that he was surrounded by a gang of six men in Regents Park who racially abused him and spat at him. (Hamstead & Highgate Express – Wood & Vale edition 5.8.05)
  • 18 July 2005: A fire breaks out at Hertford Road Community centre in Stevenage. (Stevenage Herald 11.8.05)
  • 16 July 2005: Two men at a hotel insist on searching the luggage of an Asian man waiting for a taxi in the early morning at his hotel in Llandudno, in case he is carrying explosives. Gareth Lukey, 31, has been charged with racially aggravated threatening behaviour. (Wales Daily Post 11.8.05)
  • 8 July 2005: Worshippers outside Carlisle’s Brook Street mosque are racially abused. (Cumbria News & Star 4.8.05)
  • 8 July 2005: The staff at Dial A Curry in Penrith are abused by 34-year-old Wayne Robley who also smashes a window. He tells staff that Al Qaida should have bombed the takeaway. On 3 August Robley appears at Eden magistrates court and pleads guilty to using threatening behaviour and language and criminal damage. Sentencing is adjourned for reports. (Cumberland News 5.8.05)

Related links

IRR News story 4.8.05 Anti-Muslim backlash goes on

IRR News story 28.7.05 The anti-Muslim backlash intensifies

IRR News story 21.7.05 The anti-Muslim backlash continues

IRR News story 14.7.05 The anti-Muslim backlash begins

Islamic Human Right Commission

Islamic Human Rights Commission on-line racist incident reporting form

Positive Action in Housing on-line racist incident reporting form

Positive Action in Housing

Muslim Public Affairs Committee

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russell, canada
russell, canada
13 years ago

have you seen the darcus howe documentary which aired on channel 4 about muslims who are racist towards blacks in the uk. its a real eye opener and the british politicians should highlight and address this despicable racism and realise its not whites who can be racist.

russell, canada
russell, canada
13 years ago

have you seen the darcus how documentary which aried on channel 4 about muslims who are racist towards blacks in the uk. its a real eye opener and the british politicians should highlight and address this despicable racism and realise its not just whites who can be racist.

russell, canada
russell, canada
13 years ago

ignore the 1st post i foget the word just in the last line

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