Thursday, 6 June 2013

Fire bomb attack on Somali Mosque/community cente in North London?

DON'T LET THE RACISTS DIVIDE US
VIGIL
THURSDAY 6 JUNE, 6-7PM
BRAVANESE CENTRE
116 COPPETTS ROAD, MUSWELL HILL N10 1JS

I hope local Greens will support this gesture of support for the Somali community affected by yesterday's EDL arson attack on their community centre in Muswell Hill. 

Maybe we could think of a collective letter of support to the association as well.

Some interesting facts about the history of the building - it was converted from a clothing factory to a mosque starting in the late 90s, paid for by public subscription (see<http://www.angelfire.com/mo/sufipage/>
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/sufipage/) although accounts of the attack suggest it was recently used more as a community centre than a mosque. The 'Bravanese community' refers to a town on the coast of Somalia - see
<http://www.bravanesecommunity.com/http://www.bravanesecommunity.com/.


Unite Against Fascism has called a vigil after the letters ‘EDL’ – the initials of the English Defence League – were allegedly found graffitied on the Bravanese Centre in Coppetts Road, Muswell Hill, North London. The Islamic community centre was destroyed in a suspicious fire in the early hours of yesterday
Counter-terrorism officers with the Metropolitan Police are treating the fire as suspicious and investigating whether the attack was started deliberately in a racist attack.
At this stage it is not clear if the fire is linked to the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich two weeks ago but there has been a significant increase in reports of attacks against Muslims since his death
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Unite Against Fascism says:
We are deeply concerned about the fire of the Bravanese Centre and the reported EDL graffiti. Our thoughts are with the Somali, Muslim and indeed all the communities in the area that have been affected by this incident. We ask people to join us at the vigil.
UAF launched the Don’t let the racists divide us campaign in response to the stepped up activities of the English Defence League (EDL), the British National Party (BNP) and other racist and far right groups in the aftermath of the murder, which have cynically attempted to exploit the murder of Lee Rigby to pursue their own agenda directed against Black, Asian and especially Muslim communities.
This has already led to a spike in Islamophobic attacks and a wave of assaults on Mosques. Muslim communities are experiencing verbal abuse, women’s headscarves have been torn off as well as more serious threats and violent attacks. Racists are simply stepping up their campaign. So too must the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement in response to this hate agenda.
DON’T LET THE RACISTS DIVIDE US VIGIL
THURDAY 6 JUNE, 6-7PM
BRAVANESE CENTRE
116 COPPETTS ROAD, MUSWELL HILL N10 1JS

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