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04/25/2019

A Dangerous global trend (part two)

A Dangerous global trend (part two)

The Belgian intelligence service (VSSE) had earlier warned that members of a far-right racist group, mainly based in Austria and Belgium, were “actively arming themselves.” According to the VSSE, the far-right in Western Europe began to “call on their members to learn to shoot and acquire weapons both legally and illegally.”

This information, alongside a growing number of attacks on Muslims, has been confirmed by various intelligence reports.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu compiled a list of the worst Islamophobic and racist attacks around the world that took place from 2011 to 2019.

New Zealand

In Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayer services, an armed attack was carried out in two mosques.

Police reported the death of 51 people and issued the name of the attacker – Australian citizen, Brenton Tarrant.

A few days before the attack, the terrorist published a manifesto on the Internet, in which he laid out his racial vision of society and anti-Muslim motivations.

India

In October 2018, the Muslim population of the Indian province of Bihar was attacked by Hindu nationalist groups, and a 70-year-old Muslim was killed.

In January 2017, in the northern province of Haryana, Rohingya Muslims were attacked by Indians, leaving 4 injured.

In 2014, in the Assam province in northeastern India, members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, claiming a threat to their ethnic identity, culture and language, attacked 5 Muslim villages in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur, killing 52 people.

Belgium

In 2018, in the Belgian town of Anderlues, two violent criminals attacked a 19-year-old Muslim woman. The attackers tore the girl’s dress and cut her all over her body in the form of a cross.

Germany

In 2011, authorities learned that a German right-wing extremist terrorist grouping called the National Socialist Underground had killed 10 people, 8 of whom were citizens of Turkey, between 2000 to 2007. Their list of targets included influential representatives of the Turkish and Muslim diaspora.

According to the German Interior Ministry, more than 570 attacks on Muslims were carried out across the country.

The majority of criminals who have committed attacks on Muslims in Germany belong to the far right.

In 2017, there were about 780 such cases.

Great Britain

In the UK, one of the countries with the highest number of Islamophobic crimes, a terrorist ran over a group of Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque. As a result, one person died, and 9 suffered injuries.

Prime Minister Theresa May reported that the police considered the incident a “potential terrorist act.”

In the same year (2017), a pregnant Muslim woman was brutally attacked, causing her to lose her child.

Another attack that year took place in Manchester. An Imam at the Islamic Center Altrincham was badly wounded by an attacker who shouted anti-Islamic slogans.

In 2013, 82-year-old Mohammed Salem was stabbed in the back and killed by a Ukrainian named Pavel Lapshin while returning home from a mosque.

Canada

In 2017, anti-Muslim terrorist Alexandre Bissonnette attacked a mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Canadian province of Quebec, leaving 6 people dead and 8 injured.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the incident as a terrorist attack against the Muslim population.

USA

In 2017, two Muslims were killed and another was injured on a train in Portland.

US President Donald Trump called the attack “unacceptable.”

In 2016, an imam and a muezzin were killed in a street attack in New York.

The same year in Texas, three armed criminals killed a Muslim doctor in the courtyard of a mosque.

In 2015, in the city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a Muslim family of three was killed by 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks who was motivated by Islamophobia.

Switzerland

In 2016, in Zurich, the country’s capital, an armed attack against the Islamic Cultural Center left three people injured.

France

In January 2015, a knife-wielding criminal shouting “Your God is mine, your Islam is mine” killed a native of Morocco.

 
Nurettin Kurt
Journalist, specialist in criminology, recipient of the EU Prize for Journalism and Turkish Journalists' Association’s press freedom award , and the author of “Journalist-wolf in the stressful triangle - Incident-police proceedings-lawsuit”,  Sedat Simavi Journalism Award - 2007 (Turkey) 32 yıllık gazeteci, polis ve adliye uzmanı, Sedat Simavi Gazetecilik Ödülü başta olmak üzere, 2011 ve 2017 TGC Başarı ödülü, Avrupa Birliği Araştırmacı Gazetecilik Ödülü, iki kez Çağdaş Gazeteciler Derneği haber ödülü, yedi kez Barış Selçuk Gazetecilik Ödülü ile birlikte çeşitli Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları tarafından ödüle layık görülmüştür, ‘Olay-Polis-Adliye- Gerilim Üçgeninde Kurt Gazeteci’ isimli kitabın yazarıdır

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