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‘Significant spike’ in anti-Muslim hate crimes after Boris Johnson’s burka comments

Tell MAMA says in the week after the PM made his comments, women who wore the burka were targeted (Picture: Getty)
Tell MAMA says in the week after the PM made his comments, ladies who wore the burka had been focused (Picture: Getty)

There was a 375% improve in anti- incidents in the week after the prime minister made comments about Muslim ladies who put on the burka, in response to an anti-racism organisation.

Tell MAMA, which data and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the , says that following Boris Johnson’s comparability of girls in burkas to letterboxes and financial institution robbers, there was a ‘significant spike’ in Islamophobic incidents.

The prime minister had made the comments in a Telegraph column.

In the week following his comments, 38 incidents had been reported to police and Tell MAMA.

Of these incidents, 22 had been focused at ‘visibly Muslim women who wore the face veil’, in response to the organisation.

An announcement from the organisation mentioned: ‘Between August 5 and August 29, 42% of the street-based incidents reported to Tell MAMA directly referenced and/or the language used in his column.’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson take part in a welcoming ceremony at the Chancellery on Johnson's first foreign visit since taking office on August 21, 2019 in Berlin. - Johnson visits Berlin to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The PM had in contrast Muslim ladies who put on the burka, to financial institution robbers and letterboxes (Picture: AFP)

In his Telegraph article in August 2018, Mr Johnson mentioned full-face veils shouldn’t be banned, however it was ‘absolutely ridiculous’ ladies selected to ‘go around looking like letterboxes’.

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He additionally went on to check them to ‘bank robbers’.

Mr Johnson defended his alternative of phrases, insisting that the backlash towards them was nothing greater than ‘confected indignation’ at his ‘strong views’ on Brexit.

In its publication of statistics on Islamophobic incidents for 2018, Tell MAMA mentioned there was additionally a ‘significant spike’ in exercise after the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters had been despatched to Muslim households, organisations and locations of labor.

The letters, which incited violence towards Muslims and rewarded perpetrators with ‘points’, led to studies of 37 public incidents which immediately referenced them.

The assertion added that after the letters had been despatched, there was a interval of ‘heightened tensions, fears, and anxieties around the proposed day’.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Two women wearing Islamic niqab veils stand outside the French Embassy during a demonstration on April 11, 2011 in London, England. France has become the first country in Europe to ban the wearing of the veil and in Paris two women have been detained by police under the new law. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anti-racism charity Tell MAMA mentioned 22 incidents had been focused at ‘visibly Muslim women who wore the face veil’ in the week after Boris Johnson’s comments (Picture: Getty Images)

Tell MAMA mentioned that it recorded 2,963 anti-Muslim hate incidents in 2018, which incorporates studies made to each the organisation and the police.

The organisation mentioned that there had been an 11% discount in studies of anti-Muslim incidents carried out in public from 2017.

It was urged that this was as a result of ‘there were four major terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom in 2017, which led to sharp spikes of reported anti-Muslim hate incidents to Tell MAMA’, in response to the organisation.

Last 12 months, nearly all of victims of Islamophobia had been feminine (57%) and nearly all of perpetrators had been male (73%), their assertion added.

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