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'Muslim Patrol' Vigilantes Harass Gays in East London: VIDEO


London's LGBT community has expressed concern about a couple of incidents in which self-appointed "Muslim Patrols" have harassed gays in East London. Last week two men were arrested in connection with the incidents but a new video posted to YouTube is doing little to alleviate concerns, the BBC reports:

In the latest video, a man is approached in Whitechapel and asked: "Don't you know this is a Muslim area? What's wrong with your face? Why are you dressed like that for? You're walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag, mate. You need to get out of here quicker. You're dirty mate. Look at your shoes. Get out of here you fag... Don't stay around here any more."

Stonewall said: "YouGov polling for Stonewall shows that every year one in eight lesbian and gay people are the victim of crimes or harassment simply because they are gay. We urge victims of all homophobic crimes and incidents to report them to the police and for the police to take action to protect gay people from these disturbing crimes."

Scotland Yard responded to the original footage posted saying: "We are aware of incidents over the weekend of 12/13 January where a small group of people had harassed members of the public, and of YouTube videos showing this. "In response to this incident officers on duty are being briefed as to what has occurred and what to be on the look out for."

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

In 2011, arrests were made in East London over stickers declaring the area a "gay free zone" and warning that "Allah is severe in punishment".

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  1. People who record their crimes and post them online tend to be really smart.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 22, 2013 8:01:26 PM

  2. "Equality's" toll will be greater in the United States.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 22, 2013 8:05:54 PM

  3. We had a slogan in Queer Nation: Bash Back

    Posted by: chasmader | Jan 22, 2013 8:16:32 PM

  4. You reap what you sow. But when you allow a lot of Muslims into your country without integration, what you reap is poisoned. Enjoy and expect much, much more.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Jan 22, 2013 8:29:28 PM

  5. Let the Muslim bashing begin!

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 22, 2013 9:21:56 PM

  6. Where's a Predator drone when you need one?

    Posted by: kmoss | Jan 22, 2013 9:25:06 PM

  7. Religion is the root of all evil.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 22, 2013 9:27:45 PM

  8. A gay free zone? WTF? Go back to their own country if they don't like the people in the neighborhood. Kmoss, I agree a predator drone bombing their a---- off would be funny!

    Posted by: terry | Jan 22, 2013 9:39:38 PM

  9. Paul R's right. It is a bit suspicious how this appeared online with an intro from an anti-islamic group. I think it's worth remembering that the anti-gay stickers mentioned turned out to be a 'divide and conquer' style campaign by right-wing nationalists. I admit I've had trouble from islamic men in the area but let's look at this particular case objectively, chaps.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 22, 2013 9:47:12 PM

  10. Patrol yourselves Muslims, your religion is the most retrograde of them all.

    Posted by: DONT | Jan 22, 2013 9:57:51 PM

  11. I like how the gay man didn't flinch or start running away and talked right back at the bigot. That's someone whose confident, to not allow themselves to be traumatized by random idiots.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 22, 2013 10:04:16 PM

  12. Clearly a lot of commenters hate any type of immigration anywhere even if it has no effect on them. Do you not realize that many Muslims in London were born there?

    Should we also be making efforts to ship out from the US all hateful Christians? The airfare costs would spiral us back into a massive recession. Religious fanatics and antigay sentiment are global.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 22, 2013 10:09:44 PM

  13. I agree with Joe's analysis. Pitting gays against Muslims is a strategy that works to the benefit of racist, nationalist, and anti-immigration groups. Until we know who these "Muslim patrols" actually are, jumping to conclusions will just make matters worse. To gays in London I say: be cautious, be vigilant, but do not be closeted or intimidated, and above all, BE SKEPTICAL. Rationality, not reactionism, is the key to living securely.

    Posted by: Dan B | Jan 22, 2013 11:10:38 PM

  14. Muslims are the absolute cancer of humankind. Genocide. Please.

    Posted by: Sixtwenty | Jan 23, 2013 12:07:05 AM

  15. Dan B, Occam's Razor, and any knowledge of how Islamic countries treat gays, suggest that the conspiracy you're implicating is much less likely than simple: religious nuts are harassing gays.

    And most practicing Muslims are pretty much roughly equivalent to our own evangelicals: certifiable and a danger to us. You pretty much have to stray into "non-practicing" territory before you can find Muslim-identifying individuals who would be equivalent to the moderate religious people here in the U.S.

    In sum, I think I'm okay with being anti-Muslim. Sorry, we're not all in this together, mostly because of how the Muslim world treats gays. To be fair, I'm anti-religion generally to begin with.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jan 23, 2013 12:37:24 AM

  16. Islam is a cancer, and from what I have read the majority of British people simply do not know why the British government is allowing this immigration and cultural aggression to happen. The same as the US and our illegal alien population- the government allows it to happen, left wing idiots endorse it philosophically and right wing business people exploit it because our welfare system keeps our own poor out of the fields.

    Having said all that, as another poster noted it's quite possible that these assholes are British subjects by birth. I realize that the UK doesn't have the same respect for Free Speech that Americans do, and that the behavior in this video is illegal in the UK, but here in America it would be and should be legal. We don't want this cultural pollution but if they are here legally then they are entitled to First Amendment protection.

    However, since the Muslims of London are also known for their physical violence and vandalism directed at both English people and Afro-Caribbean people, we here in the US can expect it to happen here as soon as they have a little more saturation. And that's where the Second Amendment comes in. Call me anything you like from a distance, but physically attack me and I will gladly send you to Allah.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 12:42:43 AM

  17. It's worth noting that a religious institution called the "East London Mosque" soundly condemned these "Muslim patrols" - that statement is in the BBC article that Towleroad linked to.

    It sounds like we have some young thugs who formed a street gang and are trying to use "Muslim" in its name to make it sound more respectable.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2013 1:44:51 AM

  18. I'd probably get in trouble over the "Allah is severe in punishment" thing if someone tried to harass me with it - my reaction could be, "So why the ##&*$#& are you butting in? Allah can take care of himself and doesn't need your help."

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2013 2:04:30 AM

  19. @Mike B.:
    I also am generally anti-religion. However, being anti-Islam and being anti-Muslim are two different things. One is a set of beliefs, the other is a set of human beings. Two right-wingers with a camera going out to stir up sh*t against Muslims hardly qualifies as a "conspiracy," and I fail to see how Occam's razor makes that any less likely than two Muslim agitators. Now they may easily be Muslims, but my point was that people should let all the facts come out rather than jumping to conclusions. Diversity is something that benefits gay people everywhere by making people in general more tolerant towards different lifestyles, so I think it's a mistake to jump right on the anti-immigrant bandwagon out fear. Give the truth a chance to come out.

    Posted by: Dan B | Jan 23, 2013 3:01:26 AM

  20. "Go Back to Your Own Country...???" Sorry, but it's THEIR Country once enough of them move in.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jan 23, 2013 4:36:42 AM

  21. This is why I laugh out loud when I see one of those "We Support Religious Freedom" signs in yards here in the Midwest, even though they lost the election months ago...I just wonder if they would be so vocal with Islam? Would their efforts to support religious freedom continue IF Islam were the majority religion in this country? I just wonder....

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jan 23, 2013 5:04:19 AM

  22. I almost forgot...I am HIGHLY suspect of the validity of this video.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jan 23, 2013 5:06:20 AM

  23. US blogger Razib Khan had quite an interesting post looking at the results of Pew attitude surveys:

    "As you can see, Western European Muslims are much more conservative than the general population. Or, more accurately they’re much more reactionary and culturally alien. The reality is that the status quo in Western Europe is toward acceptance of homosexuality without the sort of debates we have in the United States. Interestingly you can’t even calculate a real ratio for British Muslims to the general public, not one British Muslim surveyed would admit to homosexuality being morally acceptable."

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 23, 2013 5:26:15 AM

  24. Muslims, just like followers of ALL religions, are stupid, uneducated, brainwashed morons.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 23, 2013 5:38:01 AM

  25. The dirty secret is that the British are horrible at controlling street crime. There may be no guns but there's plenty of disorderly conduct, petty theft and assault, mostly because they have few police in many areas and there are gangs, organized crime and lots of poverty. They also don't jail a lot of the petty criminals, since that's too expensive, either.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 23, 2013 5:43:35 AM

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