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Hundreds gather to oppose Islamophobia

Issue No. 2253

Hundreds of people took part in a conference on confronting anti-Muslim racism on Saturday in east London.

The conference, organised by the Enough coalition, brought together activists and academics, Muslims and non-Muslims to discuss where Islamophobia comes from and how to tackle it.

The conference, held in the London Muslim Centre, brought together the British Muslim Initiative, Stop the War Coalition, Unite Against Fascism and One Society Many Cultures.

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, told the opening session, “The narrative of the media and the government of the riots ten years ago was that Muslims have self-segregated.

“This has been exposed as completely false. When the EDL threatened to come to Tower Hamlets, the community united against them.

“We have to be clear—it is not anti-fascists and anti-racists who are the violent ones.

“But it is the far right, who are given fuel by the attacks on multiculturalism by David Cameron and others.”

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Tue 24 May 2011, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2253
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