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Activists stand up to racism after Woolwich attack

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Issue 2354
Graffiti on the mosque

Graffiti on the mosque

Racists have attacked two mosques in Bolton, north west England, since a soldier was killed in Woolwich, south east London, last Wednesday.

Racist graffiti was spraypainted on the walls of one mosque while people attended morning prayers on Thursday.“Islam=evil” was also spraypainted on the bonnet of one man’s car and “terrorist inside” on the doors.

Another Bolton mosque had dog faeces dumped on its entrance on Thursday lunchtime.  

Attacks on mosques in other areas, including Essex and in Kent, south east England, have also been reported. The racist English Defence League (EDL) has called several demonstrations in the wake of the killing in Woolwich. It plans to protest in Manchester tomorrow, Saturday, and at Downing Street in London on Monday.

Unite Against Fascism is calling for activists to mobilise against the racists. Billie, a young Muslim from Bolton, told Socialist Worker, “Whatever your race or religion everyone who wants to stop the fascists exploiting the situation must unite.

The car bonnet

The car bonnet

“When the EDL came to Bolton three years ago, we went out there with non-Muslims who have stood beside us day in and day out. We need to come together in solidarity again to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.

“We urge everyone to assemble in Manchester tomorrow to make sure that the EDL does not bring hatred to our streets.”

For details of the Manchester protest go to

Unite against Fascism has called a counter demonstration against the EDL – Monday 27 May, 2pm, outside Downing Street, London SW1A

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