An emergency protest will take place this evening over the British media’s lack of coverage of the Chapel Hill murder, where three American Muslims were killed in cold blood.
The demonstration is being organised by ‘Stand up to Racism’, and supported by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) and United Against Fascism (UAF).
Hundreds are expected to gather outside BBC Broadcasting House on Portland Place, London between 5-6pm
On the Facebook event page, the organisers posted the following statement:
“We condemn the terrorist attack in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, leaving three innocent Muslims shot dead. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of those killed.
Recently the world was rightly appalled by the murders in Paris. Now we are saddened and outraged at the lack of media coverage of this terrorist attack. Muslims are human beings and any loss of life should be treated equally. Muslim lives matter.
Muslims are wrongly portrayed always the perpetrators and never the victims. In addition to the Chapel Hill shooting, there are numerous examples of Muslims that have been the victims of terrorism. In 2013 the murderer of Mohammed Saleem went on to firebomb Mosques in the West Midlands. In the same year many Mosques were attacked including an arson attack on the Bravenese Centre in Muswell Hill, North London. In 1999 the Bangladeshi communities at Brick Lane were attacked by nail-bomber David Copeland.
When the perpetrators of terrorist attacks are white, American or European, there is quite rightly no attempt to generalise and tarnish an entire community with actions of a tiny minority of terrorists. However this is not the response when the perpetrators claim to be Muslims, despite widespread condemnation of over one billion people across the globe.
Such responses are quite simply racist and Islamophobic. All terrorists are equally equally repugnant, whosoever they claim to represent. All victims of terrorism should be treated equally regardless of their background.
Join the protest outside the BBC!”