“I’m surprised this would happen here, where it’s a real melting pot of cultures”
We haven’t witnessed any such incidents, but it’s been a subject of discussion at the bar. People are basically saying that they should have the freedom to walk around here in peace, and that everybody should be entitled to their own beliefs. However nobody thinks these thugs are representative of all Muslims.I’m very surprised this would happen here in Tower Hamlets. It’s a real melting pot of cultures; everyone is generally very amicable. I have never felt threatened by anyone. There is no “Muslim area” – people with all sorts of backgrounds live here, not just Muslims. There’s a good amount of police presence in the area, so I imagine these men won’t be able to bother people for long before they get caught.
“We live in England, not Saudi Arabia!”
I live not far from Tower Hamlets, but I first heard about these people in the Daily Mail, when they ran an article about their behaviour. [The videos were first written about by The Commentator]. As a Muslim myself it disappoints me to see young Muslims behave in such a disgraceful way. We live in England, not Saudi Arabia! Living in London, they have to adapt to the multi-cultural society we live in, or take a plan back home!It’s not surprising, though, to learn that they are getting away with this behaviour, since the government has in the past allowed other groups like Muslims against Crusades, who tried to introduce “sharia law zones” , to spread their hate on the streets of London. [After a number of controversial incidents, the government ended up banning the group in 2011.] Authorities should stand up to groups who spread hate and do it quickly or else we will see more and more youngsters shunning their country and becoming involved in extremism, which is not the true face of Islam. They are giving ammunition to Islamophobic people when there are so many moderates like myself who want nothing more than to live side by side with our neighbours, in peace, regardless of the beliefs, colour or sexual orientation.