Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rise in Anti-Muslim Incidents Turn Out in France; Over 55 Hateful Acts Reported in Past Two Weeks

Anti-Muslim incidents in France have seen a marked increase since the attacks at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the NBC News website reports today (January 24, 2015).

Over 55 anti-Muslim actions and threats have been reported to police in the past two weeks, according to the Ministry of the Interior data.

These include attacks on mosques and Muslim businesses, arson, hate speech, racist graffiti, vandalism, discrimination, physical assault, threats with firearms, and the murder of Mohamad al-Maquli, who was stabbed to death in his own home.

"The attacks in Paris occurred in a very Islamophobic and racist context in France," said Elsa Ray, spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), an advocacy group which has recorded reports of over 66 anti-Muslim attacks (not necessarily reported to the police) in the past two weeks.

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