Nearly 100 people formed a human chain outside a mosque in Newcastle to fight against racism and Islamophobia.
Protestors formed a human chain around a mosque as anti-racism events were held throughout the country against ‘Punish A Muslim Day’ on Tuesday.
Nearly 100 people held signs and hands as they lined the perimeter of Newcastle Central Mosque as a show of support for the Islamic community.
Last month, counter-terrorism police began an investigation after people across the country reported receiving a shocking letter advocating violence against Muslims on the designated date of April 3.
Elsewhere in the UK, other groups of anti-racism protestors hit back against the sick call for violence, by organising ‘Love a Muslim Day’ and a ‘Day of Solidarity’, which had 21 gatherings.
The chosen day for the disgusting call for violence was on April 3, and letters were sent to people in London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
The letter encourages people to harm and commit crimes against Muslims and publishes a sickening point-scoring system of punishments.
Counter protestors held events in Nottingham, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield, Leeds, Edinburgh and Islington against the day of hate.
In Newcastle, the local branch of Citizens UK , Tyne and Wear Citizens, said they lined the mosque because they were ‘spreading love not hate, building bridges not walls’.
By the end of the day on Tuesday, an Islamophobic watchdog group said it had received two reports of hate crimes, but didn’t give further detail, reported the Times.
Although there was a massive outpouring of support leading up to the hateful day, women were warned to hide their hijabs and not to pick up their children from school alone.
People were also warned about going outside and were encouraged to lock their doors properly.
A WhatsApp message cautioned other Muslims to be wary on Tuesday.
It reads: ‘This is not a joke its sick plan they have a pointing system where they will b giving points and reporting on a site with vids etc punishments include taking off hijabs…beating up and even acid throwing.
‘May Allah protect us all.’
The horrifying points system detailed in the original letter said 10 points would be awarded if you ‘verbally abuse a Muslim’, or 2,500 points for ‘nuking Mecca’.
Other sickening acts included 50 points for throwing acid in a Muslim’s face and 1,000 points for bombing or burning a mosque.
The message goes on to say that ‘even tho police say they r acting on it.. leaflets have been posted thruugh doors in east london and kids have heard about it’.
News source : Dailymail.