This 20 June 2017 video from London, England is called Theresa May heckled while Jeremy Corbyn is cheered at #FinsburyPark.
Finsbury Park terror attack: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn receive very different reactions on mosque visit, video shows. One man is heard shouting: ‘How come you [May] were so quick today? Kensington you weren’t so fast,’ as Prime Minister emerges from centre. Another shouted for her to “come out and talk to us” and protesters called out “May must go”: here.
So, the survivors of the bloody Islamophobic terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park mosque react rather similarly to the survivors of the bloody corporate–Conservative politicians-caused Grenfell Tower disaster.
This 19 June 2017 video from London, England is called Jeremy Corbyn on Finsbury Mosque attack.
Donald Trump fails to personally address terror attack on London mosque and murdered Muslim woman. He’s much quicker to express condolences when Muslims attack western nations, critics note: here.
JK Rowling is asking how the Finsbury Park attacker was radicalised: here.
Witnesses described seeing [attacker] Osborne shouting “I’m going to kill all Muslims” and saying the attack was “for London Bridge” as he was arrested and dragged from the scene by police. … The Telegraph reported Osborne had become radicalised following the recent terror attacks in London Bridge and Manchester. He is alleged to have hurled insults at his Asian neighbour’s 12-year-old son and was allegedly thrown out of his local pub the night before the attack for “cursing Muslims“: here.
Osborne is reported to be an Internet follower of nazi outfit Britain First.
Number of far-right extremists flagged to Government terror unit soars 30% in a year. Dramatic rise can be revealed after Muslim worshippers were mowed down outside north London mosque on Monday by suspected terrorist: here.
From daily The Independent in Britain, 20 June 2017:
Comments “glorifying” the Finsbury Park terror attack have been reported to the Government’s terror alert system amid fears of further atrocities.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous told The Independent she discovered a stream of vile responses to a post on Britain First’s Facebook page.
The far-right group posted a link to its leader Paul Golding’s blog, reporting that the man suspected of ramming a van into worshippers leaving prayers declared that he wanted to “kill Muslims”.
Finsbury Park attack: EDL founder Tommy Robinson [real name: Yaxley-Lennon] not being investigated [by police] despite ‘hate preaching‘ about ‘enemy combatants‘ at mosques: here.
London: Regents Park Mosque ‘attack’: Man ‘holding weapon and threatening Muslim worshippers’ tasered and detained by police. The man came to the mosque and began “shouting abuse and threats”, a witness said: here.
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
posted by Morning Star in Britain
One person dead and 10 injured after van ploughs into crowd leaving a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park
by Peter Lazenby and Lamiat Sabin
ANTI-RACISTS condemned Islamophobic rightwingers yesterday following the murderous terror attack on Muslims outside a mosque in north London.
One man was killed and at least 10 injured when a white van was deliberately driven into Muslim worshippers leaving the mosque shortly after midnight.
Campaign group Stand Up to Racism condemned sections of the national press and some politicians who they accused of “ratcheting up Islamophobic rhetoric” after the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
The group also attacked former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, one of Britain’s leading racist organisers, over videos and comments he made before the attack.
The group called on police to investigate both Mr Robinson’s hate videos and “inflammatory” media headlines.
In one video Robinson said “militias” would be set up and “will end up cleaning out this Islamic problem.”
After the Manchester Arena attack Mr Robinson stood outside a mosque in the city, claiming 16 people within a two-mile radius had fought for Isis, saying: “In these houses are enemy combatants.”
Stand Up to Racism quoted a headline in The Sun in June which said: “… if we want peace then we need one thing — less Islam.”
The group’s co-convener Sabby Dhalu said: “Action must be taken against those that preach hate. We call on the police to arrest Tommy Robinson and investigate his hate video.”
The man, named as Darren Osborne, who drove the white van was detained by the crowd until police arrived. He is now in custody.
Worshippers were attending Ramadan night prayers at Finsbury Park mosque and the attack happened just yards away outside the Muslim Welfare House.
Witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly Muslim man who had collapsed when the van swerved towards them.
He said: “He was screaming, he was saying: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims’. He was throwing punches.
“Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying: ‘Kill me, kill me.’ I said: ‘We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?’
“He wouldn’t say anything.”
Mr Saleh Alamoudi added: “When he went into the [police] van he made gestures, he was laughing.”
The attack follows warnings of an unprecedented anti-Muslim backlash after recent terrorist atrocities.
London police recorded a spike in the number of Islamophobic incidents in the wake of the London Bridge outrage earlier this month.
The Met recorded 20 incidents on June 6, compared with a daily average of 3.5, and the highest daily tally for 2017.
It was higher than the numbers after the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.
In a speech last week, former police chief Mak Chishty warned that anti-Muslim sentiment online had been “relentless” following the London Bridge attack on June 3.
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain
SECURITY at Britain’s mosques needs to be urgently stepped up following the Finsbury Park terror attack, the Muslim Council of Britain said yesterday.
The council, representing 500 mosques, schools and Muslim associations, said the deadly attack was “the most violent manifestation” of Islamophobia.
“It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia,” said MCB secretary general Harun Khan.
“Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Metropolitan Police had deployed more officers to patrol around mosques.
He said: “We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community … it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.
“The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. Please report anything suspicious to the police, but only call 999 in an emergency.
“The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.”
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch group, was at the police cordon to show “solidarity” with the community.
He said he held “deep shock and deep concern about the ramifications of this terrorist atrocity.”
Tuesday 20th June 2017
posted by Will Stone in Britain
Terror attack on mosque ‘is an attack on all of us,’ says leader
JEREMY CORBYN called on communities of all faiths to “stand together” yesterday following the Finsbury Park Mosque terror attack in his constituency.
The Labour leader, who has represented Islington North since 1983, said he witnessed a “frightened” community of “pain” and “stress” after visiting the scene.
He called for “an attitude in our society of support for each other” following the incident that left one dead and 10 injured after a white van ploughed into worshippers.
“The only way to deal with this kind of issue is communities coming together and this is a very multi-faith community — Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, all live around here,” Mr Corybn said.
“This is a microcosm of a community working together.
“An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us.
“We have to protect each other’s faith, each other’s way of life, and that’s what makes us a strong society and community.
“I appeal for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected.
“In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us.”
Mr Corbyn said he was “shocked by this horrific and cruel attack” and offered his condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and thoughts to those injured.
And he praised the emergency services for their “very quick and very timely” response after the driver was arrested at the scene.
“I am of course critical of cuts made to the police service, I make no criticism of the police behaviour or reaction last night,” he said.
The Labour leader met with Muslim community leaders and said he would also attend prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque alongside Islington Council leader Richard Watts.
In contrast Prime Minister Theresa May was heckled while paying a visit to the mosque.
Referencing Ms May’s lacklustre response to the Grenfell Tower inferno, one shouted: “How come you were so quick today? Kensington you weren’t so fast.”
He then shouted: “Mrs May, have you got a personal taxi today?”
Others yelled at the hapless PM as she fled the mosque into her chauffeur-driven car.
Ms May has promised to review security at mosques following the attack.
It’s not a hate crime, claim cops
UNITED STATES: Police in Virginia announced without explanation yesterday that they are not investigating the murder of a 17-year-old Muslim girl as a hate crime.
Nabra Hassanen was assaulted and killed with a metal bat after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque on Sunday when the group she was in was confronted by a motorist.
Her friends ran back to the mosque, but she disappeared. A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder.
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
posted by Morning Star in Features
Unison is proud to support Corbyn because his vision for a fairer country with properly funded public services is our vision too, writes DAVE PRENTIS
For years Unison was told that you could not and should not fight an election from the left. I never believed that New Labour idea.
Instead, our union, Britain’s biggest, has spent the long and difficult years of austerity arguing for a different kind of country — not capitulating to the Conservatives but taking them on.
So there was a feeling of vindication when the exit poll came in on election night, and seeing that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party had won 40 per cent of the vote.
Unison is proud to have backed Jeremy in both the 2015 leadership election, and following the needless and destructive 2016 coup attempt.
We backed him because his vision for the country — democratic, socialist, backing our public services and ending the senseless pain of austerity and cuts — is our vision too.
Yet we also backed Jeremy because he has always been on the side of public-sector employees. Even when times are difficult or causes are unfashionable, Jeremy’s support for our members has never wavered.
Now there is a realistic chance that he could soon be in Downing Street, by winning an election that could come at any time.
By contrast, Theresa May is a Prime Minister in office but no longer in charge of her own destiny. She has been utterly diminished by her arrogant snap election, and her inability to make a case for her outdated, destructive austerity-max politics.
Yet despite losing her majority, her mandate and her reputation, she’s still squatting in Downing Street, propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party.
The Labour Party is right to stay on an election footing in the weeks and months ahead — and when that moment finally comes, Unison will be ready for it too.
We will throw the kitchen sink at it because that election could and should bring about a great Labour government, led by a transformative prime minister.
As general secretary of a great campaigning union — representing 1.3 million public-sector workers who are desperate for change — I want that government with every fibre of my being.
Right now it feels close enough to reach out and touch, but only as long as the Labour Party and the labour movement can remain united in pursuit of it.
But even if we have to bide our time and be patient for that day, we must be relentless in campaigning all the while for our better vision for the country.
That means quality, properly funded public services, an end to poverty pay and a genuine living wage for all.
It also means reversing Conservative attacks on the trade union movement, a properly funded NHS that is free from privatisation, and a social care system that provides dignity for the cared for and social care staff alike.
In that fight to oust the Conservatives from Downing Street we must take heart, because the issues that have driven so many of us for so long — fairness, equality, peace, justice and a relentless opposition to the politics of austerity — are finally part of the political mainstream. Right where they belong.
Dave Prentis is general secretary of Unison.
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Saturday 24th June 2017
posted by Morning Star in Features
NICK DEARDEN warns that the PM’s ministers could be on course for sweeping powers to rewrite laws without normal parliamentary scrutiny as Britain leaves the European Union
THE Grenfell Tower fire has come to symbolise everything rotten in modern Britain. Deregulation and privatisation have turned the class divide into a gaping chasm. The government exists for the richest, while the rest are thrown on the mercy of the market.
Theresa May may have failed to secure a mandate for her extreme version of Brexit, low-tax, low regulation Britain, but today she sets out a programme to take it forward nonetheless.
At the heart of the two-year programme is the Great Repeal Bill. On the surface, the Bill is straightforward — transferring EU law into British law so we don’t have a legal vacuum on the day of Brexit.
In practice, the Great Repeal Bill is designed to give sweeping powers to a government with the slimmest of majorities, allowing it to deregulate by stealth.
Under so-called “Henry VIII powers,” May’s ministers will get unprecedented powers to rewrite laws without normal parliamentary scrutiny. They promise these changes will only be technical in nature. But there’s every reason to be sceptical.
A briefing released by Another Europe is Possible and Global Justice Now shows just how big an effect these “technical changes” could have on everyone in Britain.
For instance, laws ensuring agency workers are treated the same as direct employees have always been resisted by the British government, and have been implemented in the weakest way possible. The Great Repeal Bill gives them the chance to weaken it further.
They will also have the chance — as they’ve long intended — to cap damages on employer discrimination rules, thus rendering this legislation ineffective.
What’s more, EU principles won’t necessarily be transferred. Think about the precautionary principle, which ensures that products must be proven to be safe — to the health of the user for instance — before they can be deployed. Or the polluter pays principle which ensures that the burden of paying for environmental damage falls on those responsible for that damage. Conservative MPs have expressed hostility to both — and both could easily be dispensed with.
Britain has already breached the EU’s torture directive on several occasions, which prohibits member states from supplying the means to carry out torture. Under pressure from Gulf states or Donald Trump’s US, with whom May is desperate to sign a trade deal, what’s the likelihood of that prohibition remaining in place?
May might also be interested in dropping the EU’s “privacy shield” which places restrictions on the ability of companies like Amazon and Facebook to collect and retain our private data. As home secretary, May fought against this regulation when trying to enable the state to collect private data on citizens not suspected of crime.
There are many more examples of protections which will arise in the course of the Great Repeal Bill — consumer regulation which protects the public from dangerous chemicals, food safety protection, financial regulation, air quality and water standards rules. Many have been opposed by Conservative ministers.
Rendering these laws ineffective doesn’t simply mean scrapping them. It means simply removing the implementation or updating mechanisms which make them effective.
Once we exit the EU, we leave the institutions which keep laws up to date and the sanctions which made them enforceable. For a prime minister given the powers of Henry VIII, it will be frighteningly easy to render regulations and protections she dislikes or sees as ineffective.
Any MP who wants to begin healing the stark divisions in our society needs to ensure the Great Repeal Bill is amended or defeated.
May did not win a majority for her Brexit of deregulation. We can’t allow her to take it forward.
Nick Dearden is director of Global Justice Now.
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