London: Man Arrested after Racist Tirade against Muslim Women

17:16 - April 22, 2024
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IQNA – A man, 55, is arrested by police after shocking video showed him launching racist tirade against Muslim women as they walked down a street.

London: Man Arrested after Racist Tirade against Muslim Women


Police have made the arrest on suspicion of racially aggrevated public order offences after he was seen on video threatening and verbally abusing Muslim women as they walked down the street in an “unacceptable” racist tirade, Daily Mail reported on Monday.

Mobile phone footage shows the thug following the women, who are wearing Islamic headscarves, down South Street in Romford, insulting them in a string of vile racist and Islamophobic slurs.

“This evening, we arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences,” Havering Police said last night. “This follows distressing footage shared earlier of a group of women being racially abused in South Street, Romford yesterday. The man has been taken into custody.”

Redbridge Community Action Group, a London-based charity, posted the footage onto social media to help try and identify the culprit. 

Writing on X, formally known as twitter, they said: “Help @metpolice identify this sick racist earlier today in Romford!

“WATCH as this coward physically threatens and subjects a group of women with his vile, horrific, racist and Islamophobic slurs. We stand with them in solidarity! Internet, please do your thing!”

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In a later statement, the charity also said the video was “yet another horrific incident of Islamophobia which many Muslims have to face.”

In response to the video, the Metropolitan Police commented: “We are aware and urgently investigating this clearly unacceptable incident. We will be speaking to the victim later.”

The video has garnered a lot of online attention, with many people commenting in support of the women subjected to the abuse. 

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There has been a record number of anti-Muslim hate incidents have been reported in the UK since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, according to Tell MAMA, a group that which monitors and reports anti-Muslim hate.

In a February report, Tell MAMA said it had logged 2,010 incidents between October 7, 2023, and February 7, 2024. That was more than three times the 600 incidents recorded in the same period a year earlier, a 335-percent increase.

Of the 2,010 incidents, 901 were offline and 1,109 were online. London had the highest number of offline incidents, which ranged from verbal abuse and threats to physical assaults and vandalism. Women were the main victims, accounting for 65 percent of cases, the group said.


Source: Agencies