Riots between Muslims and Hindus in Britain have spread from Leicester to Smethwick – and could ‘spread across Britain’, community leaders warn.
A crowd of over 200 Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar!” gathered outside the Durga Bhawan temple in Smethwick, a post-industrial town in the West Midlands, on Tuesday night, with members of the crowd trying to scale its perimeter fence before throwing off responding police, according to reports.
The violence, which saw police pelted with fireworks and other missiles, was apparently sparked by the temple inviting Sadhvi Rithambara, an Indian described by the press as a Hindu nationalist, to deliver a sermon .
The incident follows long-running violence in Leicester, East Midlands, between Muslims and Hindus, initially linked to a cricket match between India and Pakistan, which at one point saw a member of a Muslim mob vandalize a Hindu temple in front of the police.
Now community leaders and residents are warning that the violence could well “spread across Britain, wherever there are South Asian communities”, which is functionally almost everywhere.
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A resident of Leicester, named Vinod by The telegraphsays that “[t]his [disorder] will continue to spread’ and blamed social media for ‘playing a big part’ in escalating the situation – ‘people are looking to create disarray between communities – not just in Leicester but across the UK’ , he alleged.
“We have been told there is going to be something similar in Nottingham and Coventry. It is well planned with a narrative of anti-Islamic and anti-Hindu sentiments and it is the actions of a few fanatics trying to get a reaction.
Dozens of arrests have already been made in Leicester and Smethwick, for offenses ranging from fighting and death threats to possession of knives and firearms.
Some conservative commentators have said communal violence between Muslims and Hindus, marked by disputes over the political situation in distant lands and foreign cries of “Allahu akbar” and “Jai Shri Ram!” – which roughly translates to “[Our] God is greater!” and “Victory to Lord Rama!”, respectively – highlight the negative impacts of mass migration and multiculturalism on Western society, and indicate that diversity is not necessarily a strength.
“We must stop importing foreign drama” urged Calvin Robinson, an Anglican deacon and GB News presenter who is of mixed-race heritage himself.
“Social media is not to blame; the problem is insufficient integration and massive immigration! “, he said.
Masked man threatening BJP and RSS outside the Hindu temple in Smethwick, Birmingham
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