torsdag, august 11, 2005

Muslims accused of failing to help the police

Financial times
Muslim communities are failing to help the police identify radical preachers promoting militancy and young people who are vulnerable to extremism, according to the most senior Muslim police officer.
Assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur of the Metropolitan police, who is responsible for community policing in London, predicted it would take “several years” for Muslim communities to become engaged in wider British society.

But he was not averse to clamping down on mosques if they proved to be centres for preaching subversion and illegal activity. “Some of the back-street mosques, yes,” he said, when asked if he would like the power to close them down.
Mosques were the magnet for communities in London largely left to their own devices. “The Somali community, frankly they have got no established roots, no sense of citizenship, no active youth diversion.”

The London bombings, said Mr Ghaffur, were a tragedy for lots of people, not just the victims and their families but for London and British communities. The police were the recipients of considerable anger, some of which had nothing to do with policing and the force had to be aware of the context. “But I’m not interested in political, social or religious engineering, I’m interested in community safety.”
Heldigvis er BBC parat med dagens gode nyhed. Ved nærmere eftersyn er den dog så tvetydig, at den kunne have fået en hvilken som helst overskrift:
The majority of British people think multiculturalism makes the country a better place, a BBC poll suggests.
But 32% think it "threatens the British way of life" and 54% think "parts of the country don't feel like Britain any more because of immigration".
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