United Kingdom authorities on-hand after students receive 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

Apr 04, 2018, 01:45
United Kingdom authorities on-hand after students receive 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

A DEMONSTRATION against the notorious "Punish a Muslim" hate campaign will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening, echoing similar anti-racist events taking place across the UK.

Leong urged students to be aware of their surroundings, to walk in groups or with another student, and to call police services if feeling unsafe or in need of an escort. Torturing a Muslim, butchering a Muslim, burning or bombing a mosque and nuking Mecca are also listed.

The flier reportedly outlines a point system for various hate crimes, including 50 points to "throw acid in the face of a Muslim" and 1,000 points to "burn or bomb a mosque".

"They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer". They insinuate, that the "Brexit vote, a referendum in which a slim majority of British citizens opted for the country to leave the European Union, is believed to have been caused by xenophobia and fear of immigration". According to the BBC, several members of the parliament also received the Islamophobic letters.

'Our Muslim staff and students are part of our University community and we want to reassure all staff and students that we will not tolerate hate on our campuses'.

The Portland Police Bureau said they know of no direct threats against anyone and that no one has been targeted.

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Muslims around the world are facing so many Islamophobic attacks from last decade.

Naz Shah, an MP from Bradford West said the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which is coordinating an investigation into the letter, informed her that the letters appeared to be linked and that "a thorough and professional investigation is well underway".

Muslim women have been warned to hide their hijabs and not to pick up their children from school alone ahead of the sick "Punish A Muslim Day".

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, where the hate campaign was first launched, Muslims have been urged to "unite" against the threats, said today the Evening Standard. It will feature music and poetry, and organiser Farouk Azam says the event is an "opportunity for good people in Nottingham to stand together in solidarity, to show we can live side by side in a city we love".

"Actions" encouraged include smiling at a Muslim for 10 points, buying a Muslim a coffee and cake for 25 points, throwing flowers on a Muslim, inviting a Muslim to your home, going on a weekend trip with your Muslim colleagues, fasting in Ramadan and celebrating Eid, fundraising for the needy and buying a Hajj package for a Muslim family.

With City Council member Jumaane Williams calling the document "one of the most risky pieces of paper I've seen in a very long time", Borough president Eric L. Adams pledged to join members of the NYPD on an information offensive and special patrol on Tuesday.

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