Hindu and Muslim community leaders in Leicester have called for an immediate end to weeks of violent turmoil following the cricket match between India and Pakistan.
Widespread turmoil – since an Asian Cup cricket match on August 28 – has resulted in one man being jailed and 47 arrests in total, with one faith leader saying it was sparked by a “national dispute” after the cricket match.
On Tuesday, city leaders urged “hate instigators” to stop “provocative and violent – both in thought and behaviour”, and called on troublemakers from outside the city. away.
“Leicester has no place for any divisive foreign extremist ideology,” they said, in a joint statement.
“We, the Leicester family, stand before you not only as Hindus and Muslims but also as brothers and sisters.
“Our two faiths have lived in harmony in this wonderful city for more than half a century. We came to this city together. We have faced the same challenges together; we have come together. together against racist haters and together make this city a beacon of diversity and community cohesion.
“That’s why it’s sad and heartbreaking for us to see an explosion of tension and violence.
“Physical attacks on innocent individuals and unwarranted damage to property are not part of a decent society and, indeed, are not part of our faith. What we’ve seen is not what we’re aiming for.”
The statement added: “We ask all to respect the respect of religious sites, both mosques and proxies – whether provocative acts with loud music, flags, offensive songs or physical attacks against the fabric of worship. This is neither acceptable nor supported by our beliefs.”
Suleman Nagdi, from the city’s Federation of Muslim Organizations, said “the loyalists have started” after the cricket match.
Tensions escalated over the weekend following unplanned protests on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The trouble has been fueled by some “very misleading social media content” as well as people arriving “with a bit of preparation” in Leicester, the city’s mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, told the chapter. BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Mondays.
Police had previously warned people against posting “useless speculation online” about the incidents.
Leicestershire Police say Amos Noronha, 20, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an assault weapon in connection with the violence.
He appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday, the force said, adding several people had been detained from outside the city, including several from Birmingham.
Police officers have been diverted from the Queen’s funeral in response to turmoil in the East Midlands city, including from the West Midlands, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The force added horses from Thames Valley Police were also deployed in the city.