Friday, 24 May 2013

EDL attacks Mosques and Targets Muslims - Stop the EDL in Newcastle, tomorrow 1pm, City Hall

Following Wednesday's attack the EDL are stepping up their attacks on Muslims and their rhetoric and actions in support of the British Army's wars in the Middle-East and Africa. Tomorrow they will be mobilising in force in Newcastle upon Tyne. Show your opposition from 1pm at the anti-fascist march from Newcastle's City Hall.

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Woolwich Attacks: 'Massive Spike' In Anti-Muslim Attacks Including Death Threats And Vandalism

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Muslim leaders have expressed fears over the "massive spike" in Islamophobic abuse following the butchering of a solider in Woolwich on Wednesday.

Tell MAMA, the charity which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, has logged 83 new incidents of threats or violence reported by Muslims to its helpline in the last 24 hours.
The charity usually receives four to eight calls per day. Nineteen of those attacks have been street based.

"Most of them have been abuse against Muslims though they also range to threats to kill, murder and attack mosques," Fiyaz Mughal of Tell Mama told The Huffington Post UK.
"One of them was an incident at Braintree mosque where an individual tried to enter the mosque saying ‘Where is your Allah now,’ and two knives and a smoke bomb were found on him."
The widespread nature of the attacks has caused concern that there may be a more prolonged backlash against Muslims than previously anticipated, after the killing Drummer Lee Rigby.

The English Defence League rallied its followers to the streets of Woolwich on the night of the killing, and mosques have been targeted by lone far-right extremists across the country.
Braintree's Geoffrey Ryan is set to appear in court charged with two counts of possession of offensive weapons and affray, after an attack at the Al Falah Braintree Islamist Centre the day after the murder. The secretary of the mosque in Braintree, Sikander Saleemy, said that he felt like it was a "revenge attack".

Kent police said there had been criminal damage caused to a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, describing it as "racially-aggravated criminal damage".
Mosques in Bolton and Cambridge have also been graffitied, and countless others threatened, Tell MAMA said.

A vile slogan was pained close to Mitcham Junction station, which read “Hell 2 Muslims EDL” . Merton council sai the graffiti has already been removed.

"Muslims at this moment are feeling a real and pervasive sense of fear, particularly Muslim women who fear going out and this is compounded when husbands suggest that they will undertake activities like shopping for them," Mughal told HuffPost UK.
At a meeting with Muslim professionals on Thursday, Mughal said that 11 of the people he met, in a group of 18, siad they were considering leaving the UK. "This is startling since just over half would consider leaving the UK. This shows a level of deep anxiety about the future of Muslims in the UK," he said.

"Community leaders have called for calm and have strongly rejected the actions of the two individuals who murdered the young soldier. However, many are simply bewildered and do not know what else they can do apart from call for calm.
"Security is an area where mosques have been extremely lax and this needs to change and more so, now."

Tory minister Baroness Warsi said the situation had been unnecessarily inflamed by giving "air-time" to Muslims with extremist views by broadcasters, including preacher Anjem Choudary. "We all have a responsibility, including the media, not to give airtime to extremist voices – idiots and nutters who speak for no one but themselves," she said.
Choudary, former head of banned Islamist organisation Al Muhajiroun, was given a slot on Thursday's BBC2's Newsnight and on Channel 4 News.

Unite Against Facism told HuffPost UK that it had to be recognised that "fascist organisations such as the English Defence League and British National Party are trying to use the murder to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslims.
"We do not hold white people collectively responsible for Timothy McVeigh, the US neo-Nazi whose 1995 Oklahoma City bomb killed 168 people, or for David Copeland, the former BNP member who planted bombs across London in 1999.

"The fascist organisations that are trying to stir up trouble and racist violence in the wake of the Woolwich killing do not care about the dead soldier, his family or the interests of any community. They want only to see Muslims attacked and a race war on our streets."
Other Muslim leaders, while strongly condemning the murder of Drummer Rigby, warned politicians and the media about inflaming tensions.

"Statements such as Baghdad violence on the streets of London by the Media is wholly irresponsible and will not lead to any betterment," the Central Association Of Sunni Muslims said in a statement. "We ask all British citizens and in particular the Muslim community of United Kingdom to stand united against any form of violence and terrorism. We continue to pray for the guidance of the misguided and for the riddance of those inciting hate in the name of religion."
This act will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of Britain," said Imam Irfan Chishti of the Rochdale Council of Mosques. "What has happened is wrong and totally unacceptable but ‘Islam and Muslims’ are not responsible for the actions of a few evil monsters. "
A 26-year-old Muslim woman from Leeds told HuffPostUK the racism she experienced in the aftermath of the Woolwich murders. "I was walking in Leeds town centre with my two children and mother in law after we had been shopping. There were some pigeons on the floor and my two children ran after them as children do. The lady was sat on the bench and her daughter was standing next to her.
"She shouted with grinding teeth at my children saying"Stop it!!" I was shocked and shouted back to her, "Dont speak to my children like that!"
"And she said: "Well tell your children to stop chasing animals like that!". So I told her to shut up and was walking off when she said something under her breath, I heard "murderer".
"I turned around and asked her what she said. She said: "That's right you murderers, you're the scum of the Earth, go back to where you came from!"
"So I told her I was born and brought up here, and she cut me off and said with a snigger: "No you're not.""

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Where is Raul Ally?

Raul Ally is an 18 year old lad from Newcastle, who moved here from Somalia when he was 12. He is currently missing, following his abduction by British immigration police on 10 April and subsequent deportation to Tanzania on 24 April. His family and friends do not know his whereabouts and have no way of getting in contact with him. We need your help to find him.

This was the second time that Raul had been taken to a British immigration prison, despite having committed no crime. On 24 April the Home Office forced him on to a plane, and deported him to Tanzania, a country that he has never stepped foot in and has no links to. At the time of his deportation Raul had been on hunger strike for 14 days and was in a weak and vulnerable state. Since this time Raul’s family have been unable to contact him, and don’t know where or how he is. He may be in an immigration prison in Tanzania, Britain or another country. This is completely unfair on this young man and his friends and family, like thousands of other migrants he struggles against the callous, racist face of the British State. Raul’s case represents the voiceless hundreds and thousands sent back to the most dangerous and poorest areas of the world; one of the dirtiest secrets of successive governments.

Raul and his younger brother fled Somalia when he was 12 years old, after their father had been killed due to political activity. They were left with no family in the country, facing a life of poverty and growing up in a war torn country. He has been living in the North East of England ever since, has reunited with his mother who now lives here, forged friendships and made a life for himself here, playing for local football teams, most recently Gateshead FC youth team, and attended Prudhoe High School and Joseph Swan Comprehensive. He was due to start a Sports Coaching degree at Sunderland University but was locked up in Morton Hall immigration prison for two months last summer so couldn’t start the course. He was released on bail and had to sign at North Shields Immigration Reporting Centre every week and never missed a date.

The racist treatment of refugees in Britain is linked to Britain’s imperialist plunder and pillage around the world, not least in Somalia. Somalia has been carved up so that its energy resources can be exploited. In his November 2011 speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, David Cameron made his intentions on Somalia clear—British intervention. He explained that ‘Somalia is a failed state that directly threatens British interests.’ The London Conference on Somalia that followed in February 2012 was led by Cameron to secure ‘British interests’ in the oil-rich and strategically important region. Ugandan, Burundian, Kenyan, Ethiopian, US, British and French troops have all entered Somalia.

Immigration is being used as a political tool by parties from UKIP to Labour, in a cheap attempt to win votes, scapegoat refugees for housing shortages and divide communities. They over simplify the issues and spread disinformation about the true numbers and reasons for immigration in this country. Raul Ally, like millions of migrants, was a valued and contributory member of his society and should have as much right to stay in this country as any citizen. Please help us to spread awareness of Raul’s disappearance and the injustices he faces. Let’s get Raul back to his family; free, free Raul Ally!

How you can help find Raul:

1. Like and share this article and

the Facebook page:

2. Contact Theresa May to urge her to reveal the whereabouts of Raul and use her powers as Home Secretary to release Raul if he is in a British immigration prison, stop any future deportation and give him indefinite leave to remain. You will need to quote Raul's Home Office reference number A1359895 as they may have him in the system under a different name.

Constituency phone number: 0118 934 5433

Twitter:  @ukhomeoffice  


Fax: 0207 0354745


3. Contact the immigration minister Mark Harper

Constituency Office: 01594 823 482

Westminster Office: 020 7219 5056

4. Call Medical Justice who will take a complaint regarding the health of a refugee. 

Tel: 02075617498

5. Contact press to urge them to cover the story

The Guardian

Phone: 020 3353 2000


The Independent

Phone: 020 7005 2000

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Mysterious death of Nigerian student in police custody in Durham

 Article and action to take against death of Nigerian student in police custody in Durham.
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By Betty Abah
These indeed are evil days. Yet another Nigerian, Mr. Boniface Umale has become the latest victim of death in UK prison custody over unexplained circumstances. Umale, a Masters student in Pipeline Engineering at Northumbria University, Newcastle, was arrested and while it was still unclear the reasons for his arrest, on March 24 authorities at Her Majesty Prison, Durham announced that he had died!

While friends, in shock, were still rallied round, trying to talk the Nigerian High Commission in UK to action, while trying to ask for a post-mortem result and to ensure justice is done, and while his family is yet to be officially informed, only yesterday, Barrister Adeniji of Rock Solicitors, the lawyer hired by his friends was at the prison only to learn that the body of the late student was being prepared for cremation! What are the prison authorities trying to hide?

Why is the Nigerian High Commission foot-dragging?

The world needs an explanation on what really happened to Boniface Umale, the young aspiring Nigerian cut short at the height of his dreams.

Below is a letter from his friend Daniel Okpla to the media, detailing the case:

Dear Editor,

Friends and members of the Idoma community in the UK have been saddened by the mysterious death in prison of Mr. Boniface Umale. Mr Umale graduated in 2008 with an MSc degree in project Management from the Northumbria University, Newcastle and started another M.Sc degree in Pipeline Engineering until his demise in custody.

According to the Her Majesty Prison (HMP) Durham, Boniface died in the early hours of 24th March and the news was broken to the Nigerian High Commission on Monday 25th of March 2013. He was held at HMP Durham and attended several court trials.

As at the time of writing, HMP Durham could not confirm if he was convicted of any crime and have not submitted any autopsy report to the Nigerian High Commission despite several requests by the High Commission and the Idoma community in Diaspora.

Without confirmation from the Nigerian High commission, HMP Durham has indicated her intention to proceed with cremating the body without following due process. Family, friends and the entire Idoma community in Diaspora have made it clear that cremation is culturally unacceptable and arrangement must be made to repatriate the body to the family at Otukpo, Benue State for a befitting burial.

Suffice to say that HMP Durham owes Boniface and all suspects and/prisoners in her custody the duty of care and protection no matter the allegation against them. Any failure in this regard is viewed seriously. It is completely unacceptable that HMP Durham seem to be sweeping this matter under the carpet.
They have failed to provide answers to pertinent question agitating the minds of friends and family members at such a difficult time. Boniface's family and friends need to know:

1. When and why was he arrested including access to legal representation?
2. The level of care and support he received while in police custody prior to arriving at the HMP Durham prison.
3. Why did the police and the authority of HMP Durham fail to notify any one in UK or Nigeria of his arrest and detention until his death?
4. Was his death at HMP Durham prison racially motivated or due to gross negligence?
5. Was he particularly in a solitary confinement and without appropriate monitoring and risk assessment?
6. How was he treated in custody including any history of hospital attendance?
7. Why is the authority of HMP Durham refusing to disclose his post mortem report and insisting on cremation despite strong protest from members of the Idoma community?

While we expect the law to take its full course, the authority of HMP Durham must be held to account in keeping her obligation of duty of care and protection to all inmates in her custody. We press for transparency, justice and equity in this matter. We are strongly opposed to cremation which is a cultural taboo and hereby urge the HMP Durham and the UK government to investigate this matter and bring justice to the grieving family.

Many thanks for bringing our plight to your highly esteemed audience.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel OKPLA