Arrests over 'Muslim Patrol' vigilante videos in London

Muslims react with horror to footage of men harassing the public in the name of Islam

LAST UPDATED AT 14:26 ON Wed 23 Jan 2013

TWO MEN have been arrested after videos of 'Islamic vigilantes' patrolling the streets of East London and harassing members of the public were posted online. The footage shows men ordering people to move away from a 'Muslim area' for various reasons including their sexuality and clothing.

The London Evening Standard reports that the two men, aged 19 and 22, were held by police over an attack on a group of four people in Shoreditch earlier this month. But the paper adds: "Police have also questioned the men in connection with video clips uploaded on to YouTube in which members of a group calling themselves Muslim Patrol confront members of the public."

The first of the videos appeared last week and it was followed up another clip that showed the vigilantes abusing a gay man and telling him to "get out" of their neighbourhood.

Western women are referred to as "naked animals with no self-respect" by the vigilantes and in the first clip a woman in a mini-skirt is ordered to cover up. Bemused passers-by are ordered to throw away "evil" alcohol by the gang as they are in a "Muslim area" and throughout the three minutes of footage members of the patrol repeatedly drone the words "Muslim patrol", at one point even adding "have a good day".

The clip ends with the narrator apparently blaming a traffic accident on the fact that a cyclist had disobeyed Sharia Law.

The second video shows members of the Muslim Patrol abusing a gay man as he makes his way through East London. The gang warn him that he is "walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag".

They tell him: "Get out of here you fag... Don't stay around here any more." He is also accused of being "dirty" and is abused for apparently wearing makeup.

The East London Mosque has moved fast to distance itself from the footage. "These actions are utterly unacceptable and clearly designed to stoke tensions and sow discord," it said. "We wholly condemn them. The actions of this tiny minority have no place in our faith nor on our streets."

Writing in The Independent, Muslim academic Hasnet Lais compared the vigilantes to a "Mutaween-like lynch mob", a reference to the Saudi Arabian religious police. "If ordinary Britons are becoming casualties of this kind of morality police, surely it's the duty of civic-minded Muslims to protect their neighbourhoods from all the clerical bullying?" he added.

He said such radical tactics were bound to stir up hate, and there was certainly outrage among readers of the Daily Mail and elsewhere on the internet, but Lais insisted: "Contrary to the fevered fantasies of racists, these kinds of activities are limited to a few oddballs in the British Muslim community."

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I am Muslim man my self and this sharea law is bull shit they try to pull this shit in Bosnia where i am from and we kick their ass back to middle east. you come to my country you respect my law if not the go back where you come from

I hate people like these who increase streotyping and make it harder for normal people "Muslims" in this case, to live comfortably. I am Black but we have a lot of un-educated indivduals like this,but its in every race and community.It does worse damages to the minorities as they become known/judged based on such imbasellic peoples actions.

I live in Fag Town, USA (Seattle). Seriously, I have to deal with obnoxious gay men all day and they often piss me off. Even so, as a straight man, if you try this here, I got a very USA reaction for you. That goes for if you're Catholic, Christian, or Jewish too. Oppress others at your own risk.

Life is too short to be an arsehole. Don't start nothing, won't be nothing.

I was raised "Christian." I understand you completely.

Humanism means respect for all humans. Ethics and morals do not have to be linked to God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Dharma, etc... I believe there is a time and place for understanding and education. There is also a time for action. It's time to stand firm in both our countries against religious and racial aggression alike, regardless of source. Not just for the good of all people but but humanity and the sake of order.

They who would oppress my fellow man, would oppress me, if given a convenient circumstance. I say, stand ready and give up nothing.

Simply appalling, to watch this... Sad state of affairs, if these youth think they are all that and a bag of doritos, cause they are in a Muslim area... Pure Racism.... Very sad individuals... I too would have had them arrested for hate crimes and racism!

and this is the peaceful and tolerant religion.............as jim royle says, "my arse"

"Life is too short to be an arsehole" haha ironic because before that you said "I live in Fag Town, USA (Seattle). Seriously, I have to deal with obnoxious gay men all day and they often piss me off. " Pretty sure they are just being defensive to your stereotyping and biased nature.

90% of world heroin comes from afghanistan, a muslim country, so these people are just a bunch of hypocrites.

Two people were arrested, out of the billion or so Muslims on the planet. The five minutes of footage posted was probably the extent of their activities that night. To judge an entire religion on two lunatics is lazy and ignorant. John Allison my arse.

*Votes BNP*

all the heroin comes thanks to an old tried and tested network of rich educated people remember the op wars so its not an issue of religion its an issue of money and rich people love there money more than they love there children

all the heroin comes thanks to an old tried and tested network of rich educated pexople remember the op wars so its not an issue of religion its an issue of money and rich people love there money more than they love there children

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