When the dead and injured were whites victimized by Muslims, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the city they would just have to get used to it.
The proverbial shoe is now on the proverbial other foot.
A white man succeeded in killing one Muslim and injuring several more last week. Now, it’s a CRISIS.
LONDON — Authorities have pledged to protect British Muslims in the wake of Monday’s terror attack outside a London mosque, amid rising hostility and fears of more copycat atrocities.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said he would increase the number of police outside mosques as he revealed there had been a spike in hate crime following attacks on London Bridge and Britain’s parliament.
The city’s police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said Monday’s attack, which hit worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan, was clearly “an attack on Muslims.”
Local residents told NBC News they no longer feel safe.
“We’re scared there is no safety,” said Finsbury Park resident Joi Mario, who is a practising Muslim. “People are always blaming Muslims [for attacks]. Of course people are going to hate us,” he said.
In the six days following the London Bridge terror attack, London’s Metropolitan police recorded 120 Islamophobic incidents compared to 36 during the preceding week, according to the Mayor’s office.
Police also recorded 381 racist hate crimes, compared to 313 the week before, the mayor’s office said.
Tell MAMA, a U.K. organisation that monitors anti-Muslim attacks, also detected a sharp rise in such incidents following the May 22 terrorist attack in Manchester, when a suicide-bomber attacked young concertgoers leaving an Ariana Grande gig. The number jumped from 25 in the week before the attack to 139 the following week, according to the organization. The vast majority were recorded in the local area.
Vowing “zero-tolerance” of hate crime, Khan said London would remain “uncowed by terrorism” and would “carry on being a united city.”
Britain’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said extra resources to protect communities would remain in place “for as long as is needed.”