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Manchester UAF demonstrate against desecration of Muslim graves

by Mark Krantz
Issue No. 2180

The vigil (Pic: Tony Harper)

The vigil (Pic: Tony Harper)

Over 100 people joined a Unite Against Fascism rally outside Southern Cemetery in Manchester last Sunday to protest against the desecration, for a third time, of Muslim gravesstones.

All of the 20 headstones toppled last week were in the Muslim section of the cemetery. Police are treating the desecration as a race hate crime.

Local MP John Leech joined the vigil alongside Christians, Jews, Muslims, trade unionists and local residents.

“This attack is not an act of mindless violence,” Val Stevens, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, told the rally, “Those that did it knew exactly what they were doing. And we all know that they are a tiny, tiny minority in this city.”

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Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:34 GMT
Issue No. 2180
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