UK Muslims to protest against anti-terror raid
Anger at police treatment of British Muslims is growing in east London where people plan to hold a protest this weekend.Updated: Jun 07, 2006 10:24 IST
Anger at police treatment of British Muslims is growing in east London where people plan to hold a protest this weekend, with some even urging the community to stop cooperating with the authorities.
Members of the area's large South Asian population feel they are being unjustly targeted by the police in the fight against terrorism.
They cite a massive raid on a house in Forest Gate last Friday in which two British Muslim brothers were arrested, one of whom was shot.
Both men remain in custody but neither has been charged and investigators at the property on Lansdown Road have seemingly failed to find any evidence of a possible terrorist plot.
"People in the community are angry about the raid, they are angry about the shooting, they are angry about the lack of evidence and they are angry that the two men have been detained for so long without charge," John Rees, national secretary of the anti-Iraq war political party Respect said.
Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, and 20-year-old Abul Koyair were due to learn on Wednesday whether the authorities planned to press charges, ask to hold them for longer or set them free.
Angry at the situation, scores of largely Muslim locals packed a community centre near the brothers' house on Tuesday evening to hear speeches criticising police and government tactics by Rees, Yvonne Ridley, a journalist and fellow Respect member, and Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.
First Published: Jun 07, 2006 10:24 IST