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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. Dan B

    "Diversity is something that benefits gay people everywhere by making people in general more tolerant towards different lifestyles..."


    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 12:17:36 PM

  2. @Nick Name - if hating all Muslims to the core makes me a racist, then I'm proud to be a racist.

    Go die in a fire.

    Posted by: Sixtwenty | Jan 23, 2013 12:24:13 PM

  3. David Hearne and SixTwenty are unabashed racists and should be ignored because they bring nothing to the discussion except hate and bigotry.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jan 23, 2013 1:00:48 PM

  4. Send these people back to the 3rd world $hitholes they and their parents came from.

    England, like France, is doomed with the cancer of people like this in their society.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 23, 2013 1:05:21 PM

  5. @David Hearne: this was not "Muslim officials" as some equivalent of a UK-wide political spokesperson but a statement from the mosque in the area where the crimes occurred. If these hooligans don't listen to their own local religious leaders, why assume that religion is their primary motivation?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2013 2:01:29 PM

  6. "Send these people back to the 3rd world $hitholes they and their parents came from."


    it was only a short while ago that some very Ugly Americans had the same sentiment towards East Asians immigrating to the United States. I use the term "East Asian" because those Ku Klux Klan American idiots couldn't tell the difference between Chinese, Korean or Japanese.

    In fact, the Chinese were the only nationality that bigoted Americans enacted a federal statute to halt their immigration to the United States.

    Being a child of Korean immigrants, Sean, I know you don't really approve of telling immigrants to go back to where they came from. You're a better American than that, aren't you, dear Sean?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 23, 2013 2:21:37 PM

  7. Nope. We don't blow $hit up. Don't even compare my culture to them. It's offensive. They'd literally like to kill every Western person, regardless of color. They'd do so in a heartbeat if they had the means. That includes you.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 23, 2013 4:10:41 PM

  8. I used to live not far from there in London (Shoreditch, to be precise).

    a mixed neighbourhood of immigrants, many Moslem, young artists, gays, queers, and the like.

    I had an elderly neighbour in my building whom i used to help with her grocery shopping. i'd shop for her, deliver it to her flat, and she'd put on a pot of tea and we'd have wonderful conversations.

    she lamented the "new Muslims" in the neighbourhood - women in ni'qabs, burqas. full veil, folks. she herself did not wear the veils, she left Iran in the early 70s. she felt threatened now, as she was a Muslim Woman in the neighbourhood, who was not doing "what the other women in the neighbourhood were doing" in regards to "covering up". young husbands with their wives fully veiled, and here was an older woman who now had a target on her back for scorn (and fears of something worse) for defying a man-made code.

    generations of young men who don't want to give up the control over women who are threatened by anyone and everyone who lives a life that defies such attempts to control.

    this woman was an older progressive, yet still faithful and observant, Muslim from Iran. i was a young(er) gay dude from Canada. we got on like a house on fire, and i miss our chats over tea.

    the problem is not what faith you have. but why you have it. and what you do with it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 23, 2013 4:29:24 PM

  9. ...she felt threatened now, as she was a Muslim Woman in the neighbourhood, who was not doing "what the other women in the neighbourhood were doing"


    Gee Lil' C*unt,

    She felt she was being bullied to think,act a certain way by 'advocates' of her community? Sound familiar?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 23, 2013 5:31:46 PM

  10. ratbastard, until you have the balls to post your face, or a video of yourself, you can give up on trying to get my attention. i get it, you're a coward who can only type anonymously, because you're a wimp to your core. but obsessing about me won't make your own life better. off yourself. do your daddy proud.

    and that's the last thing i'm ever saying to you until you man up for once and show who you are.

    so i guess it's goodbye forever...

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 23, 2013 5:39:59 PM

  11. Derrick - Your comment to Sean presumes that all immigrants are of equal benefit or liability to America. They simply aren't and even if they were, as a sovereign nation we are entitled to make whatever rules we want about immigration. We can let in Argentinians and tell the Chileans to stay home. We can prefer Vietnamese over Hmong.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 5:50:03 PM

  12. "until you have the balls to post your face, or a video of yourself"

    Not this garbage again. Listen up my bipolar little dear, your webpage doesn't add to your credibility. All it does is remind us of Steve Martin finding himself in the phonebook.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 5:55:48 PM

  13. yay, sockpuppets!

    in the words of Signorile, "hang yourself."


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 23, 2013 5:58:19 PM

  14. LittleKiwi, Derrick - you should go live in this neighborhood for a few weeks. If you were to leave alive, let's see if you have the same kumbayah attitude.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 23, 2013 6:50:28 PM

  15. "Sean", my gay @ss lived a stones-throw from there.

    Just because you're a coward doesn't mean the rest of us are.

    *suck it*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 23, 2013 6:58:38 PM

  16. @ Sean,
    Erm, actually we "do"! As a first generation Korean in US, I would like to remind you of those Psy's "controversial" lyrics from several years ago. (Him retracting those angry sentiments does NOT obliterate what was once said, for better or worse...)

    Yes, for me, Koreans getting pissed at being forced by Dubya at the proverbial gunpoint to send the troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and to kill innocent people (Yes, Uncle Sam came to Korea 70 years ago to "liberate" it from the Japanese colonialism but never left and still holds the military command for this client nation!) ring with Islam having been radicalized by Western aggressions.
    No, it's not a leap of logic.

    (America supporting the propped up dictators in Korea, one after another, led to the attacks on the American embassy and the USIS centers during the 80' in Seoul and Gwangju.)

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 23, 2013 7:10:17 PM

  17. A "first generation Korean"? That would be the child of an immigrant TO Korea.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 8:05:33 PM

  18. @Art Smith: I've been in a church 4 times in my life. Twice for weddings, once for a funeral, and once for Christmas Eve. No plans to attend again anytime soon.

    Maybe reread my posts. I hate religion and apparently that fired guy is also an atheist. So, no, I don't think that it's kissing up to religious people to say that I'd never want to work with them or that over 7 years he couldn't have found a job that better suited him. I'm happy that he's our ally, but he can't have been too surprised that if he's working for bigots, he's going to lose his job the second they have an excuse to fire him.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 23, 2013 9:23:42 PM

  19. @ David Hearne,

    Don't be silly.

    Is that a signifier of your racial approach to certain things? ;-)

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 23, 2013 9:58:22 PM

  20. I live in this area which is quickly turning into a muslim ghetto and intimidation by asians/muslims is nothing new. There have been a couple of incidents here that have resulted in something far worse.
    If they do not like the way we behave in this county leave.

    Posted by: Paul C. | Jan 26, 2013 4:19:46 PM

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