Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Are Muslims Safe In London?

Earlier this month, a tube passenger on the Piccadilly line allegedly told a Muslim man to leave a train in North London after he was using an iPad "suspiciously." A witness told the Evening Standard the man had switched the tablet off after he noticed the passenger looking at it, which apparently was cause enough for the passenger to deem it suspicious. Other passengers reportedly came to the Muslim man's defense.

The British Transport Police says it has received 35 reports of anti-Muslim incidents on trains nationwide in the four weeks since the Paris attacks — up from seven in the same period a year earlier. (They don't break out numbers of incidents only in the tube.)

“We have seen an increase in reporting hate crime since the Paris attacks. Everyone has the right to travel safely, and nobody should feel threatened or intimidated when using the rail network," a spokesman told Mashable.

Tell MAMA, a national project to record and monitor anti-Muslim incidents, is all too familiar with the way that numbers of reported incidents skyrocket after a news event.

Read the full story here. 

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