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Leicester Mercury: ”Pig’s head dumped at Thurnby Lodge centre used for prayers by Muslims”

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Pig’s head dumped at Thurnby Lodge centre used for prayers by Muslims

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Friday, December 28, 2012

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By Tom Mack

A pig’s head has been left at the doors of a community centre used as a Muslim place of worship.

Thurnby Lodge Community Centre, in Leicester, is used for prayers by Muslim group As Salaam.

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    Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101

In recent months, the centre has become the focus of a row over the group’s desire to pray instead at a neighbouring disused Scout hut, owned by Leicester City Council.

Muslims going to and from prayers at the centre have had to walk past protesters who say the Scout hut should be for wider community use.

At 7.30am on Wednesday, Muslims who arrived to unlock the community centre in Thurncourt Road found a pig’s head by the automatic front door.

Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and many consider pigs to be unclean animals, and leaving a pig’s head at the doors is an insulting gesture to Muslims.

Police are investigating who is behind the incident.

Moulana Mohammed Lockhat, the Imam for the As Salaam group, said the act had only made members more determined to continue to pray as normal.

He said: “We arrived to open up the centre for prayers and found the pig’s head. It had probably come from a butcher’s.

“I was deeply saddened by this development. It was clearly an act of deep, religious discrimination against us.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop us from praying in the building.

“We still had our prayers on Wednesday morning and putting a pig’s head outside isn’t going to change things, except maybe make us more determined than ever to carry on.”

The prayer group called the police who took the pig’s head away.

A 23-year-old Muslim, who attends evening prayers every day at the centre, said: “It’s a highly charged atmosphere at Thurnby Lodge at the moment and this was a very provocative act.

“Muslims are prohibited from eating pigs and whoever did this obviously knew that and were setting out to be offensive and make fun of something very serious to us.

“For me, it’s mainly the insult but some Muslims are extremely sensitive about the cleanliness of a pig’s head.”

The protesters trying to stop the Muslim group using the Scout hut, in Nursery Road, are arguing that it should be for everyone and not just Muslims.

Superintendent Mark Newcombe said: “The only people using the community centre on Wednesday were from a local Muslim group and it’s easy to draw the conclusion that the pig’s head was meant for them, and is the reason we believe this to be religiously motivated.

“We have no tolerance for discrimination in Leicester, be that racially or religiously motivated, and we want members of the public to help us do all we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Also Do Not miss the comments, very informative (reprinted here, first 11):

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    by delboy1948

    Friday, December 28 2012, 12:27PM

    “How do they manage in a world without bacon sandwiches, pork pies and sausages? Personally I’ll be heading to Fenwicks tomorrow morning for a lovely cooked breakfast.”

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    by karinfall1955

    Friday, December 28 2012, 11:11AM

    “The more resistance they meet the more determined they will become. Is there anyone that thinks this ‘social experiment’ won’t end in tears, if not now then further down the line? What a mess we have been presented with by our more knowledgeable ‘superiors’.”

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    by outreachIslam

    Friday, December 28 2012, 10:28AM

    “@ wooliback,

    I am pretty certain the previous two posters were referring to the dumping of the pigs head at the door of the community centre, or the constant nightly harassment of the muslims going there to pray.

    Not the pigs head itself, pretty certain everyone accepts pigs are a pretty big part of british cuisine.

    I am sure you would agree, dumping the pigs head where Muslims are going to go and pray is offensive and un-british.”

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    by outreachIslam

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:45AM

    “one of the leaders of the anti-muslim group in thurnby lodge is none other than Chris Hopewell, one of Leicesters own EDL thugs, he is pictured in the leicester mercury handing in their petition, though at least he kept his shirt on this time and didn’t display his right wing tattoos as he has done in the past whilst trying to intimidate leicester muslims in the city centre.

    yes the local have legitimate concerns, but they’ve clearly been hijacked by the nutter fringe with the EDL being so closely associated with them.”

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    by wooliback3

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:43AM

    “anti-racist
    unbritish don,t no how old you are but butchers shops used to have a pigs head [roasted] in the windows as a display.
    so how can this be unbritish”

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    by Anti-racist

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:32AM

    “This is a sad state of affairs. This is what hatred can stoop you down to. I hope things get better in thurnby lodge for the muslims as they are regularly targeted with protests and now with attacks like these. They are an essential part of the community like any other group. We live in Leicester and this is completely contrary to our spirit. This is a completely ‘unbritish’ thing to do!”

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    by ddb223

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:23AM

    “Do people still believe in religion? If Harry Potter was written 2000 years ago, I have a feeling we would all be worshiping him instead of any other religious ‘symbols’”

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    by Anti-racist

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:22AM

    “This is a sad state of affairs. This is what hatred can stoop you down to. I hope things get better in thurnby lodge for the muslims as they are regularly targeted with protests and now with attacks like these. They are an essential part of the community with lawyers, doctors, engineers etc just like a any other group. We live in Leicester and this is completely contrary to our spirit. This is a completely ‘unbritish’ thing to do!”

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    by Longstreet

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:16AM

    “Whether they have a case or not, the local people with views on the future use of this building have a right to express them, provided they do it in a peaceful and constructive way. But they do need to be very careful about providing a platform for bigots, extremists and the just plain nasty whose actions – like this pig’s head – will discredit them. The sooner they turn in the culprit, the better.”

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  • Profile image for wooliback3

    by wooliback3

    Friday, December 28 2012, 9:00AM

    “Can,t be an English butchers shop none left is there”

 

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One thought on “Leicester Mercury: ”Pig’s head dumped at Thurnby Lodge centre used for prayers by Muslims”

  1. We forgot to advice to please refrain from any form of counter-action or violence, and to let the authorities/police do their work; we might be at ”civil war”, non-violent and only-verbal, against our undemocratic present government and their supporting institutions as a result of all those Muslim-specific and civil-undermining laws and new bills such as stop-and-searches or port detention and questioning all without legal presentations and so forths, but we should never be at ”war” with each other, that British nationals of all colours, creeds, beliefs and so forth. And as the article state, if you know anything please approach or call the appropriate parties, the police.

    We were thinking twice about re-printing it here, because some within our section might just go and commit the same foolish-acts as the idiots who did this in the first place, and this will only mean we are not better than these idiots!

    Yes, Yes, to Police reading this, we know about SMT and progression [from N-V to V], but to us only when ”repression” escalates from your side; you have nothing we need other than our civil rights in full.

    Posted by highfieldsoffice | December 28, 2012, 6:26 pm

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