15 people have reportedly been arrested in the wake of sectarian riots between Muslims and Hindus in the British city of Leicester.
UK law enforcement arrested 15 people on Sunday in Leicester amid ongoing sectarian violence between groups of Muslims and Hindus.
Apparently sparked in the wake of a cricket match between India and Pakistan, the English city has seen gangs of Muslim and Hindu men riot in the streets, resulting in at least one Hindu religious site being vandalised and law enforcement being granted special Home Office powers to curtail the violence.
According to a press release by the city’s police force, law enforcement officials made over a dozen arrests on Sunday as part of an attempt to curtail what was euphemistically described as “further disorder”.
While the police press release refrains from going into detail about the exact nature of said “disorder”, according to a report by The Telegraph, it involved multiple gangs of men — many of whom were masked — gathering in the city.
“Dispersal and stop and search powers were used to restore calm,” the police press release read.
“The impact this disorder is having on our local communities is not acceptable,” it continued. “We will not tolerate violence, disorder or intimidation in Leicester and we continue to call for calm and dialogue.”
Meanwhile, the High Commission of India in London has issued a brief statement condemning “the violence perpetrated against the Indian Community, in Leicester” as well as the “vandalization of premisses and symbols of Hindu religion”.
Diversity Is Our Strength: Muslim and Hindu Mobs Clash in England, Temple Vandalised https://t.co/zJhFETapaM
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 18, 2022
While stories of violent mobs of Hindus and Muslims have unfortunately become commonplace on the Indian subcontinent in recent years, the clashes in Leicester represent an escalation of recent sectarian violence to further afield.
Speaking on Tuesday in regards to the violence, the mayor of Leicester — one of Britain’s most multicultural — claimed that issues from abroad had been imported into the city, with the official claiming that even many of those arrested in relation to the violence were not actually from the city at all.
Videos have now circulated online purporting to show various clashes between Muslims and Hindus in the area, as well as gangs of Hindu and Muslim men shouting religious and sectarian slogans.
Breitbart London has been unable to absolutely establish the veracity of these videos and they are linked here for information only.
Here's a video of Hindus chanting "Jai Shree Ram" (praise Lord Ram) and carrying weapons while on the streets of Leicesterpic.twitter.com/w0ftF2qHVd
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) September 19, 2022
Muslim mob are on the streets of Leicester looking for and attacking #Hindus whilst chanting "Allah Hu Akbar".
— Abhay Pratap Singh (बहुत सरल हूं) (@IAbhay_Pratap) September 19, 2022
One video posted by Hindustan Times and Independent journalist Sunny Hundal purportedly shows Mohammed Hijab — an extremely prominent British Muslim influencer with nearly 600,000 subscribers on Youtube alone — speaking to a gang of masked men about challenging “Fascist Hindutva Thugs” on the street should they “act like gangsters” and “come out like that again”.
The men, at least one of whom was wearing a full-face balaclava, proceed to chant “Allahu Ackbar” seemingly in response to the prominent influencer’s speech.
Here's another 'activist' Mohammed Hijab, searching for clout, telling his audience of masked men:
"If they (Hindus) believe in reincarnation, what a humiliation of them to be reincarnated into some pathetic, weak, cowardly people like that."
This sort of language is racist too pic.twitter.com/KVvOc43bsw
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) September 19, 2022
Another video posted by a journalist from The Guardian appears to show a man of Indian origin expressing concern about Muslim demographics in India, with one individual also reportedly citing the Rotherham child rape gangs as evidence that Muslims are a problem in the UK.
Some footage of my interview with helmet man, that snowballed into a shouting match with an RSS member. Compared to the palpable aggression and fear that hung around Leicester yesterday, this paled in comparison, although it is a concerning hazard of being a journalist. pic.twitter.com/eQU9Yo4KFo
— Aina J. Khan (@ainajkhan) September 18, 2022
Despite the massive tensions, the UK establishment media have been somewhat reticent to cover the riots in any real detail, with neither the BBC nor Sky News noting in their Saturday reports that the violent clashes have been between Muslim and Hindu men.
Such veiled reporting has resulted in claims that UK news agencies are deliberately wording reports in such a way as to keep the general public uninformed.
“There are certain cases where news articles have been deliberately written so as not to inform you of things,” writer Ben Sixsmith said, criticising the BBC report in particular considering it was “paid for by people’s taxes”.
Meanwhile, former Brexit Party MEP, Martin Daubney, described what was happening in Leicester as “religious anarchy”, arguing that it was important to call out “extremism & intolerance wherever it happens & not give ANY groups a free pass (sic)”.
Before you say "you're stirring up hatred" answer this: how has turning a blind eye helped us so far? Over grooming gangs? Batley grammar school teacher? We must call out extremism & intolerance wherever it happens & not give ANY groups a free pass
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) September 18, 2022