Extra police are being drafted into the Windsor area today after three nights of violent clashes between white and Asian youths.
Gangs have fought battles in the streets using baseball bats and pitchforks. A Muslim-run dairy which wants to build a mosque was petrol bombed.
Dozens of officers have been deployed to stop and search youths and mounted police are being brought in.
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Tensions have been growing between residents and the owners of the dairy, who have applied to convert an office building into a mosque for their workers.
Despite a lack of planning permission to use Technor House as a place of worship, workers and visitors have been praying there.
As Philomathean points out,
The British press frequently refers to Muslims as “Asians.” That’s arguably correct when the Muslims in question hail from Pakistan, although it’s not clear this is the case in Windsor. In any event, this terminology allows the Brit press to portray anyone who criticizes Muslim activities in Britain as a racist. Framing the issue this way effectively makes any discussion of Muslim immigration and its related problems taboo. It also allows the press to portray conflicts like the one in Windsor as “race riots” when in fact there’s a lot more going on.
The BBC, which has not mentioned the events at all in its morning newscast (which I watch while getting ready in the morning), has a video here. The reports states that the plan is to place an Islamic center in a building (now vacant) across from the dairy. The local residents are opposed.
The people throwing molotov coctails are taking the wrong approach. The dairy must be compelled to comply with local building and zoning regulations, and the local residents should voice their opposition, all within civil society.
While the dairy story didn’t get shown here in the USA, the BBC’s top UK story today is Straw ‘opposes all Muslim veils’, a misstatement if there ever was one, IF you read the story (and bear in mind Mr. Straw is a medical doctor):
Cabinet Minister Jack Straw has said he would prefer Muslim women not to wear veils at all.
The Commons leader said he did not want to be “prescriptive” but he believed that covering people’s faces could make community relations more difficult.
Mr Straw has said he asks Muslim women at his Blackburn constituency surgeries if they would mind removing veils.
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He sparked controversy when he told his local paper he asked female constituents visiting his surgery if they would uncover their faces.
He said he made sure he had a female colleague in the room when asking someone to show their mouth and nose – and his constituents had so far always agreed to do so.
After showing the report, this morning’s BBC anchorman questioned a Muslim woman who fully agreed with Mr. Straw, and pointedly disagreed with the anchorman.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Brits already have come up with the “interfaith” gown:
The new look for Britain’s hospitals
The hooded “Inter-faith gown” is designed to reveal nothing but the patients’ eyes and hands and yet allow access for surgeons.
I applaud Mr. Straw’s stance.
Update: At the Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth, ‘Extremists must respect all faiths’, No place for Sharia law in the UK: Top Tory (h/t Dhimmi Watch)