Friday, 22nd July 2005, Day 1 of ‘open season’ on Asians
A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said Muslims he had spoken to
this morning were "jumpy and nervous". Inayat Bunglawala said: "I
have just had one phone call saying 'What if I was carrying a rucksack?'.
" We are getting phone calls from quite a lot of Muslims who are distressed
about what may be a shoot to kill policy."
He said in the current atmosphere Muslims were very afraid and other people
were looking at them in a very suspicious manner."
Edward Teague tells me that in Rochdale, Friday is market day for the Asian
community and the local market is normally a bussle of activity as people stock
up for the weekend but the normally crowded streets are pretty much deserted.
Well, if you are an Asian today in Britain, would you take a walk?
"I saw an Asian guy run onto the train hotly pursued by three plain-clothes
" One of them was carrying a black handgun - it looked like an automatic
- they pushed him to the floor, bundled on top of him and unloaded five shots