Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014 on 2:35 pm

Far-right ‘mosque invaders’ denounced in Bradford

Britain First Bradford

MP George Galloway talks to an imam at one of the mosques after the incident

The community of Bradford has voiced disgust at far-right group members who invaded mosques in the district.

Members of a right-wing group named Britain First, went inside mosques attempting to hand out British Army Bibles and distribute leaflets on ‘Muslim grooming’, which claims perpetrators are ‘primarily Muslim men’.

Group members, who described the activity as part of a “Yorkshire brigade”, also visited the office of Labour councillor Nazam Azam.

After the incident, Cllr Nazam Azam told the Yorkshire Standard: “This group is a fascist group, and we are well aware of its agenda. They came to Bradford to cause hatred and division but we’ve had disturbances by similar groups in the past and the people of Bradford stood united against it.

“The Council for Mosques and the Police are doing everything to make sure no provocation happens in the city.”

According to the anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate, Britain First is a far-right group with its roots in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Its founders severed links with the British National Party (BNP) in 2010 establishing the new organisation six months later.

It has already been confirmed that five mosques were visited by the group. Many believe the number is ten and an investigation is underway.

Bradford MP George Galloway visited the mosques that were invaded, and was told that in one of the mosques, prayers had finished shortly before the Britain First members turned up.

Over 200 people were believed to be in attendance, yet in all visits, there was no retaliation.

The MP said: “I talked to old men now living in fear of these knuckledraggers returning. And that is something this rancid outfit are claiming they will do.”

He also criticised the lack of response from the Home Office, saying: “It is unconscionable that there has not been a word of condemnation or sympathy from the Home Secretary and her department.

“I have written to the Home Secretary slating her failure, and that of her department, in dealing with this and calling on her to urgently come to grips with it.”

People have condemned the group’s actions across West Yorkshire, including Calderdale.

Cllr Faisal Shoukat of Park Ward in Halifax said: “We will not tolerate such provocation and desecration of our scared space.

“This far-right group is fear-mongering and harassing peaceful worshippers who are going about their daily prayers.”

The group have stated they plan to come back to Bradford again.

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  1. Nick says:

    Terrorising old men in mosques when hardly anyone is in? Very brave Britain First, thanks for protecting Britain from… well I don’t know.

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