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Sikh News Vilence in UK - Sikh Temple & Mosque set on fire !

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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050710/main4.htm

    Violence in UK: SAD (A) appeals for restraint
    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, July 9
    The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has appealed to the Sikhs all over the world to exercise utter restraint and not get provoked by hate violence which has reportedly erupted in some parts of England following bomb blasts in London a few days ago.

    Prof Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary of the SAD (Amritsar), said it was unfortunate that Sikhs also became the target of hate violence as a Gurdwara in Kent in England was set on fire by a violent mob protesting against London bomb attacks this morning.

    A mosque in Leeds was also set on fire. Professor Jagmohan Singh said it was time for the minorities to exercise utter restraint and do not get provoked by the actions of those who were out to exploit the situation created by the bomb attacks.

    The SAD (Amritsar) has already condemned London bomb attacks.
     
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    Actually I am amased by the fact thar this news is no where onbritish media and international medi a?????? I mean bbc and cnn
     
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    http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=1&theme=&usrsess=1&id=82461

    Backlash begins... (from "THE STATEMAN, Newspaper)

    The Independent/Agencies
    LONDON, July 9. — Fire broke out in a mosque in Leeds and a Gurdwara in Kent, amid the first indications of a possible backlash against British Muslims as police said tension in the country was increasing. About 70 incidents against minorities have been reported across the country since yesterday, police said, adding they ranged from the fires in the prayer halls to two possible assaults, cases of verbal abuse and threatening calls. Kent Police are investigating two assaults on Muslim men in Dartford.
    Community tensions were discussed at a high level meeting of the government’s crisis command group code named ‘Cobra’, which was presided over by Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair. Muslim religious leaders used Friday prayers to condemn the bombings and to tell the faithful they “have no reason to feel ashamed” and should go about their daily lives. Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, praised Londoners for facing this testing time with great courage. He said: “Many Muslims are quite agitated by what might happen next but we haven’t seen the kind of things that happened post-9/11 when people openly spat at Muslims on the streets and vandalised mosques.” But a statement posted on the British National Party’s website claimed: “Following the Islamic fundamentalist massacres in London, two tendencies will rapidly become apparent. First, the pro-government media will swing into action, bringing out a steady stream of injured ordinary Muslims and a flood of ‘moderate’ Muslim spokesmen to condemn the extremists. Second, millions of ordinary Brits just won’t believe them, with a severe extra strain on race relations as a result.” A spokesman for the MCGB said: “It is important that Muslims are not cowed by what has happened.” Members of Britain’s Sikh community also fear becoming targets of racist attacks. A spokesman for the Sikh Commission on Racism & Cohesion said: “Following 9/11, anyone that was considered to be Muslim ... was targeted with vicious verbal racism, taunts and also physical attacks.” Hindu temples too have stepped up vigil on the assumption that those indulging in racist attacks may go for “any place of worship that looks different”.
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    An Al-Qaida-linked group, Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade, posted an Internet statement on Saturday claiming responsibility for the bombings and promised more attacks in London, which it described as the “capital of the infidels”.
     

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