Today the far-right South East Alliance staged a demonstration in Cricklewood, for the third time this year. They claimed to be protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood, who were once supposed to have an office there. As before, a large number of anti-fascists turned out for a counter-demo organised North West London United, among them Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt and London Assembly member Murad Qureshi.
It wasn’t looking good for the SEA, with a mere 15 “patriots” taking to the streets to resist the threat of Islamo-fascism. Having eventually managed to drag themselves out of the pub, they gathered on Cricklewood Broadway shortly after 1pm and seemed rather uncertain as to why they were there, shouting about Muslim grooming gangs and Muslim paedos. What that had to do with the Muslim Brotherhood was unclear.
Things picked up a bit for them an hour or so later when SEA leader Paul Pitt/Prodromou arrived with some more supporters, bringing flags and a few sheets of A4 paper with the words “Ban the Muslim Brotherhood” printed on them. The SEA’s banner was unfurled, featuring the slogan “One nation, one aim, one future” (presumably inspired by “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer”), alongside those of two other far-right groupuscules, the Scottish Defence League and Scottish Volunteer Force.
The SEA hung around for another hour, during which they shouted incoherent abuse at the counter-demonstrators and delivered a couple of speeches nobody but themselves could hear. They were then escorted out of Cricklewood under police protection.
A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection to a racially aggravated attack on a mosque in Warrington town centre.
Nathan Hancox, of Thynne Street, was arrested on Thursday, and has been bailed. He is due to appear at Halton Magistrates Court on September 16.
The arrest follows a CCTV appeal in the Warrington Guardian. Images of suspects were released after the mosque on Arpley Street was vandalised, with a window smashed.
Coolness of Hind notes the double standards over ethnicity and religion in the right-wing response to revelations about the sexual abuse of minors.
A former BBC presenter sacked following a racist call to a taxi firm has been criticised for a series of Facebook comments – slamming Rotherham “P*kis”.
Ex glamour model Sam Mason, 45, was removed from her position as a local radio host after asking a cab company to send a ‘non-Asian driver’. She has now taken to Facebook and launched a racist tirade about the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham where the perpetrators were Asian.
In one post, on the public page, she said: “Dirty dirty filthy p*ki Rotherham bastards. Some p*ki woman is blaming the government for not looking after the p*ki community! Wtf is that all about? Jesus Christ. Now, anyone i offended by booking my daughter a taxi can you please fuck off.” (sic)
Mason was sacked from BBC Radio Bristol in 2008 after a recording of her conversation with a taxi operator was handed to The Sun newspaper. She was booking a taxi for her 14-year-old daughter when she said: “A guy with a turban is going to freak her out. She’s not used to Asians.”
When the operator said it would not be possible to carry out her wishes, she said: “You’ve managed it before.” She was then refused a cab and was told: “We would class that as being racist. We can’t just penalise the Asian drivers and just send an English one.”
Mason has now shocked friends and followers were her latest outbursts.
She posts a link to a four-minute video entitled “The Horrific Muslim Infiltration Of Britain – Luton 2012”. She writes: “If in any doubt, watch this. Rotherham is just the tip of the ice berg. How many of these are in Syria fighting for IS? Don’t let the b*****ds back. F**k PC.”
Two of the most high-profile far-right groups in the UK have reacted to the publication of a report into child abuse in Rotherham.
The report revealed more than 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were abused over a period of 16 years by “mainly Asian men”, due to a series of failures by the authorities. The report by Prof Alexis Jay has led to increasing calls for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright to resign for the abuse which occurred while he was head of child services from 2005 to 2010.
Following the release of the report, the Doncaster and Rotherham branch of the English Defence League (EDL) staged a minor protest outside Rotherham’s police station demanding the resignation of Wright. The group previously staged a demonstration in Rotherham in May against the “ideology of Islam”. The demonstration outside the station eventually died down and police confirmed no arrests were made.
Britain First, described as the “probably the only group experiencing growth on the far right”, also staged a demonstration at the council building in Rotherham against victims of “Muslim grooming”. Britain First, which came into prominence after staging a series of “invasions” at Mosques across the UK, described how it “stormed” the building as part of its new campaign in the town “against the council, the police and social services”. The group said it managed to unfurl a banner inside the building before being escorted out by police.
Police had believed that the fire at the Mevlana mosque in Kreuzberg might have been caused by a technical fault or started accidentally, but both of those possibilities have now been ruled out.
“We never ruled out arson,” Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told The Local. “There was no direct evidence of an arson attack, no traces of a break-in… but by a process of elimination it turned out that it was probably a deliberately started fire.”
Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was already speaking of an “attack” in the days before the police announcement on a visit to the mosque, describing arson on a place of worship as “an attack on the centre of society”.
The fire began in building materials stored in an unfinished extension to the structure and caused smoke damage to the facade and the interior of the mosque. Renovation and extension work has been going on at the site since 2013. More than 60 firefighters were deployed to put out the blaze.
Members of the congregation have been praying in the street since the fire on August 11th.
Neuendorf said that times of conflict in the Middle East can lead to an increase in violent crime in Germany. “When a mosque is burned, that has to be taken very seriously,” he said. “There is no evidence of what the motive might be… but the target itself suggests that it might be political. When there are tensions in other countries, that can also lead to political crimes here… graffiti will increase, physical attacks will increase.”
This is not the first time that Hopkins has tweeted her ignorant and hate-filled views on Muslims and their faith.
Update: See “Action alert – Disgraced British journalist insults the Prophet (SAW)”, MEND, 28 August 2014
Britain First, an offshoot of the British National party, has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for using official royal symbols on its website and activists’ uniform without permission.
The far right party, which contested May’s local and European elections, campaigned in Yorkshire wearing flat caps and green jackets embossed with the party logo, which features the royal crown and the words “Taking our country back” and “Rule Britannia”. The jackets, as well as other clothing including a beanie hat and hoodie, are for sale on the group’s website.
The Advertising Standards Authority investigated the site after a complaint that it breached the Committee of Advertising Practice code on use of the royal crown. It said Britain First had breached the advertising code by not responding to its enquiries and by using the royal images without proper permission. However, it has no power to rule on the use of the crown image on the group’s uniform.
Paul Golding, the party leader, said the group had already removed images of a T-shirt featuring an official royal crest but would continue to use its logo, including the crown. “We’ve checked it out with our solicitors and it’s used by multiple organisations up and down the country. It’s not an official crown, it’s something we’ve designed with a graphic designer,” he said. Golding also dismissed the ASA as a “toothless quango with no power which no one takes any notice of”.
A Turkish delegation comprised of officials from Turkish Parliament’s Human Rights Committee and head of Turks Abroad and Related Communities directorate of the Turkish Prime Ministry started a two-day visit to Germany yesterday to inquire about the extent of attacks and suspicion of arson.
Their first visit was to Berlin’s Mevlana Mosque. A fire broke out in a part of the mosque that was being redecorated on August 11. The cause of the blaze is not yet known but German officials said they found traces of a flammable liquid at the scene, pointing to arson. Located in Kreuzberg, a district of Berlin dubbed as “Little Istanbul” due to its large population of Turks – approximately 40,000 people – the mosque was partially open for prayers as reconstruction was underway on the 40-yearold structure.
One day before the attack in Berlin, the Süleymaniye Mosque in the German town of Bielefeld was set on fire by suspects who burned Qurans in the mosque. In February, the Central Mosque in Cologne, one of the largest mosques in Germany, was subject to attacks. Suspects crashed a car into the door of the mosque and attempted to set the mosque on fire.
The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland has filed charges against a Swiss politician for incitement to commit a crime after he appeared to welcome the recent shooting of a Muslim and called for more such shootings.
Minutes after a man was shot to death in a mosque in northeastern Switzerland on Friday, Jean-Luc Addor, vice-president of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party in canton Valais, tweeted “On en redemande!” (“Let’s have more!”)
The shooting in St Gallen appears to have been part of a family feud. Police arrested a man who was found in the mosque holding a handgun.
The central council said in a statement on Monday that Addor was well-known for his Islamophobic comments. The council said that on August 13, for example, he tweeted: “Islam is disgusting and is only supported by dirty pigs, traitors and collaborators.”