Leicester’s Hindu and Muslim community leaders in Britain today issued a joint statement calling for an end to a cycle of violence that followed an earlier brawl over an Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan last week. I had increased.
“We, the family of Leicester, stand before you not only as Hindus and Muslims but as brothers and sisters,” a leader read out the joint statement. He insisted that Leicester had “no place for any foreign extremist ideology to cause division”.
“Our two religions have lived harmoniously in this wonderful city for more than half a century. We arrived in this city together. We faced similar challenges together. Together we fought racist hatred, and collectively made this city a symbol of diversity and community unity,” he read from the statement.
He said the communities are “sad and heartbroken” over the “tension and violence” that are “not part of a civilized society”.
“We are from a family. We settled here in this city together, we fought racists together, we made it together. Recent violence is not about who we are as a city. ,
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“What we have seen is not what we are about,” the leader said. “We ask everyone to respect the sanctity of religious places alike in both mosques and temples,” he said. ,
Police said today they had made 47 arrests as part of an ongoing campaign to prevent further chaos in the eastern England city.
Tensions that began after the August 28 cricket match, in which India defeated Pakistan, resurfaced after rumors of damage to religious places went viral on social media. This was followed by protests and rallies with angry slogans on Saturday and Sunday.
A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing an offensive weapon during clashes, police said today. Amos Noronha, from the local area, appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court after his arrest during Saturday’s incident and was quickly charged due to “enormous evidence”.
“Some of those arrested were from out of town, including some from Birmingham,” said temporary chief constable with Leicestershire Police, Rob Nixon.
The Indian High Commission in London intervened against the alleged vandalism of a temple in Leicester. Members of the Muslim community had called the rally by some Hindu groups “provocative” and “derogatory”.