Comment: This statement by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says that all types of violence should be condemned. We strongly condemn the murder committed against a member of the British armed forces.
Brussels, 23 May 2013 – The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) strongly condemns the hateful murder committed against a British member of the Armed Forces in London yesterday (Thursday). Violence based on hatred should be firmly combated, no matter who commits it and who the victim is. ENAR at the same time urges that this brutal act should not result in a racist and Islamophobic backlash for millions of Muslims across Britain and indeed Europe. We are concerned about the chain reaction from extremist groups in the wake of the murder. The far-right English Defence League has staged an anti-Muslim rally in London, clashed with the police, and two mosques have been attacked elsewhere in the UK.
ENAR Chair Chibo Onyeji said: “All communities need to stand together in solidarity to ensure ideologies based on hatred do not win the day. We should also not let the voices of racist and xenophobic groups exploit the situation and stir up hatred and violence against Muslim and ethnic minority communities. Politicians across Europe have a responsibility to work on dialogue between communities and ensure everyone feels part of society, instead of adopting to discourse of restrictive policies that curtail the human rights of all individuals.”
Read original statement here.