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  • Rallies, counter-demos, murders and fascists


    by Sunny
    8th September, 2009 at 4:00 pm    

    Just some links for you folks today:

    1. I was gonna blog this but it looks like the Guardian’s Hugh Muir has sorted it out already. Apparently Narendra “butcher of Gujarat” Modi had been given a prize by fDI magazine, owned by the Financial Times group. They’ve now hastily rectified their mistake. But I wonder if Modi is still coming here to receive the prize.

    2. On 13th September the annual al-Quds rally is taking place. One of the main speakers: Taji Mustafa from Hizb ut-Tahrir, who has previously called the Taliban killing Pakistanis, “brothers”.

    The English Defence League are supporting a counter-demonstration by ‘March for England’ on the same day. That should be lots of fun! [via @Oliver]

    3. Devout Muslim dies after savage beating by ‘race-hate’ gang, reports the Daily Mail. And yet people keep claiming the far-right propaganda we’re subjected to has no impact.

    4. Guardian story today on the police backing down on Form 696.


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    1. Roger — on 8th September, 2009 at 4:02 pm  

      For correction only:
      “Taji Mustafa from Hizb ut-Tahrir who called the Taliban killing Pakistanis – “brothers”.”
      I think you mean:
      “Taji Mustafa from Hizb ut-Tahrir who called the Taliban who kill Pakistanis – “brothers”.”
      Your original version could mean he called the Pakistanis who killed Taliban “brothers”, which seems unlikely.

    2. Suburban Tory — on 8th September, 2009 at 4:39 pm  

      The alleged attackers of Ekram Haque were according to initial reports “young black men”.

    3. Edwin Greenwood — on 8th September, 2009 at 5:10 pm  

      “The alleged attackers of Ekram Haque were according to initial reports “young black men”.”

      Quite so.

      I recall the inimitable Bob Crow confronting a BNP local council candidate who was also a member of his union. At the time there had been a spate of arson attacks on “Asian” shops in South London. Crow berated the unfortunate BNPer to the effect that, “It’s because of people like you that this [the arson attacks] is happening.” Turned out that the arsonist was an African with a pathological hatred of South Asians. I’m sure he was heavily influenced by BNP propaganda.

    4. Sunny — on 8th September, 2009 at 6:59 pm  

      I’m sure he was heavily influenced by BNP propaganda.

      Quite easily, especially if the propaganda is about how Muslims are destroying our society etc.

    5. Laban Tall — on 8th September, 2009 at 7:16 pm  

      And as we all know, black people can’t be …

      apparently there have been a number of attacks on elderly Muslims in that area by ‘youths’ - which is why the police are calling it a racist attack.

      Many of the news reports overseas don’t give the ethnicity of the attackers, merely that the victim died after a ‘racist attack by schoolboys’. So the impression in India and elsewhere is that Native Brits were the killers. The comments on IslamOnline earlier seem to have been taken off, but people weren’t very pleased.

      On the other hand some people are actually celebrating - to this Sunni apparently “one less shia rawaafid beating his chest on the streets of tooting on december the 17th” is good news. Pleased to see his was a minority view - even the ‘I hate Shias as much as anyone’ guy had the sense to see that he was attacked because he was a Muslim, not because he was a Shia.

      What with that poor guy being abducted and beaten to death to prevent him giving evidence at a trial, things are looking even more unpleasant than usual on London’s streets.

    6. Suburban Tory — on 8th September, 2009 at 8:08 pm  

      Mmmm, I think these “urban youths” are more likely to be influenced by “Bashment, R & B and Garage etc.” than by Melanie Phillips.

      Let’s hope that the family of the victim get the justice they deserve.

      My guess is they will if justice means a manslaughter verdict, a few months in a YOI and an article in The Guardian and/or Liberal Conspiracy asking us to feel sorry for the guilty.

    7. JuliaM — on 8th September, 2009 at 8:49 pm  

      “Quite easily, especially if the propaganda is about how Muslims are destroying our society etc.”

      Oh, absolutely. I’m sure these barely-teenagers were avid readers of Stormfront and the like…

      “Mmmm, I think these “urban youths” are more likely to be influenced by “Bashment, R & B and Garage etc.” than by Melanie Phillips.”

      *chuckle*

    8. Laban Tall — on 8th September, 2009 at 9:23 pm  

      Reconsidering, it’s possible the chap was attacked because he was Asian rather than Muslim. But he had just come out of prayers.

      “Police are linking the assault on the retired care worker to a series of other attacks on elderly Asian people near the mosque.”

    9. Rumbold — on 8th September, 2009 at 9:28 pm  

      I think Laban Tall could be right. We at least need to wait until we have more information before we say that is was an Islamaphobic attack, as opposed to a racist one (not that it ultimately matters).

    10. Harold — on 9th September, 2009 at 10:18 am  

      Is this a protest or as party dudes. Next time spray some love drugs on the protests and everyone just party on dudes.

    11. JuliaM — on 9th September, 2009 at 6:11 pm  

      “I think Laban Tall could be right. We at least need to wait until we have more information before we say that is was an Islamaphobic attack..”

      Quite so. Very wise.

      Even Sunny’s face only has room for so much egg, doesn’t it?

    12. Sunny — on 9th September, 2009 at 6:43 pm  

      Criticism from you JuliaM, like the BNP, I wear like a badge of honour. Or I would, if I gave a crap about you and your lame jibes. I’m forced to pay attention because you insist on coming here to troll.

    13. Colm — on 13th September, 2009 at 6:31 pm  

      The Wandsworth Labour site suggests that two of the attackers were Muslim, so a religious motive seems unlikely:

      http://www.labourwandsworth.org.uk/comment/index.htm

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