Socialist Worker

Boris Johnson’s racist rant makes Muslim women a target

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2617

Anti-racists held a lively picket outside of Boris Johnsons office in Uxbridge

Anti-racists held a lively picket outside of Boris Johnson's office in Uxbridge (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Muslim women are facing growing attacks in the wake of Tory MP Boris Johnson’s racist rant.

He said Muslim women who wear the burqa look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.

A woman wearing the niqab was targeted soon after in London, according to the Tell Mama hate crime monitoring group.

This was followed a further three attacks in London and Luton on the following day—and another one in London last Friday.

The group said that there is a “direct link” between the spike in attacks on Muslim women and Johnson’s comments.

Azmat Parveen has had many experiences of Islamophobia

Azmat Parveen has had many experiences of Islamophobia (Pic: Socialist Wroker)


Azmat Parveen joined a lively picket of Johnson’s office in west London to defend her right to choose to wear the burqa.

“This is going to extend and extend—we have to have action,” she told Socialist Worker.

“I have had many experiences of Islamophobia.

“Sometimes people tar me as a terrorist.

"And sometimes when I enter a bus or train people say maybe there is a bomb inside of me.

“But I always face it bravely.”

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