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Muhammad Abdul Bari: ‘Muslims feel they are under attack’

Issue No. 2004

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari was elected as the new secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain last weekend.

On Monday of this week he visited the scene of the police raid in Forest Gate in Newham.

Respect’s three councillors in the borough accompanied him.

Dr Bari told Socialist Worker, “We will see what the outcome of the police investigation is.

“But if no evidence is found by the police then there will be repercussions for relations between the police and community.

“There is a widespread perception among Muslims that they are under attack.

“Since the attacks of 11 September 2001 there have been hundreds of Muslims arrested.

“There is a lot of media coverage each time someone faces arrest.

“When they are released without charge, it is not covered at all by the media. Very few Muslims have been charged or convicted.”

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari added that the raids would compound existing anger felt by Muslims and non-Muslims about the “war on terror”.

“Many in the wider community were against the war in Iraq and this has already raised a lot of questions in people’s heads,” he said.

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