Muslim leaders demand action over fascist mosque invasions
MUSLIM leaders urged the police to take action yesterday amid a rising tide of fascist “mosque invasions.”
Senior members of Luton’s Islamic congregation warned that far-right group Britain First’s inflammatory tactics were provoking younger Muslims and could end in deaths.
The fascist party posted a video of leader Paul Golding — a former British National Party councillor — and heavies forcing their way into mosques to hand out racist leaflets and Bibles to intimidate worshipers.
The video ends with the message: “Are you sick of sitting on your hands and doing nothing?”
Luton Central Mosque president Mohammed Shafait told the Star: “People are fed up.
“He is going around all over the country abusing people.
“I say he’s the one who is a terrorist”, argued Mr Shafait in response to the video’s description of the 40,000-strong Muslim community as “Luton extremists”.
“It’s pretty disgusting”, said anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate spokesman Simon Cressy, “They are intending to whip up racial and religious hatred.”
Britain First’s insignia describes the organisation as a “defence force” and includes the Latin motto nihil obstat — nothing stands in the way.
According to Mr Shafait, the police has been called several times but no action was taken.
“I don’t want anyone to take the law into their own hands,” he added in despair.
“It doesn’t mater who you are — Muslim, Christian, all faiths — stay within the law,” urged Mr Shafait.
“This guy doesn’t — he makes a video then he shows to other party members that he is doing this. He is a terrorist. He’s a coward.”
Britain First has reportedly only entered one Luton mosque on the day, while posting pictures of other Islamic centres online alongside the video.
The mosque invasions are part of a campaign labelled Operation Fightback which also targeted Bradford and Glasgow communities earlier this year.