UK Muslims Live in "Police State"
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- Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 02:03:24 -0700 (PDT)
UK Muslims Live in "Police State"
IslamOnline.net & News Agencies
LONDON — Released after seven days of detention and interrogation
about "trivial matters", one of nine Muslims arrested in Birmingham's
last week high-profile terror raids, launched a blistering attack on
"It's a police state for Muslims," Abu Bakr told the BBC News Online
on Thursday, February 8.
"It's not a police state for anybody else ... These terror laws are
designed specifically for Muslims," complained the man who was
released without charges Wednesday, February 7.
"That's quite an open fact because the people who have been arrested
under terrorism law, the groups for example that have been banned
under the terrorism law, the people that have been affected by
terrorism legislation, have been Muslims," said Abu Bakr.
"We are feeling the brunt of it all. We are the ones who are being
locked up, detained, and then told go back to our lives."
Abu Bakr was among nine people arrested during high-profile anti-
terror raids in Birmingham last Wednesday on charges of planning to
kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier.
But after a week-long detention, he and another man were released
Many British Muslims accuse the police of unfairly targeting their
community in their terror crackdown.
Muslims have been at the eye of the storm since the 2005 grisly London
attacks which killed 56 people, including four Muslim bombers, a crime
vehemently denounced by Muslim community and religious leaders.
Since 2000, British police have arrested over 700 people – mostly
Muslims — under tough anti-terrorism laws but have brought only a
handful to court. The vast majority have been released without charge.
Tarique Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner of London's Metropolitan
Police Force, the country's most senior Muslim officer, had complained
that laws were alienating the sizable Muslim minority and were running
the risk of criminalizing ethnic minorities.
Abu Bakr, who is studying for a PhD in political Islam at the
Birmingham University, said he was "stigmatized" by his detention.
"I am scared for myself, and my family, because I've been picked up,
I've been told to go back home, and one assuming that somebody can
just pick up their life after just such a major incident that
occurred," he said angrily.
"This is going to affect me for the rest of my life."
The father-of-two said he became aware of the police forcing their way
into his house at dawn by his wife screaming.
"Then I see that the light has been put on and I hear lots of officers
come up, shouting my name."
The police officer asked Abu Bakr to get on the floor before telling
him he was being arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.
"At this moment, all I was thinking about was my family."
Abu Bakr was taken into custody, fingerprinted and questioned for a
whole week before being released without charges.
"I just thought, maybe they're just rounding people up, and they want
to question people with regard to other individuals," he told the
"I was questioned for seven days but not once did they put these
allegations about a plot to kidnap and behead a soldier to me,"
asserted the British Muslim.
"They were doing things like putting a piece of paper in front of me -
a note, a scribble by one of my children, a jacket, a hat - and asking
me about it," he recalled.
"My solicitor advised me to make no comment so that's what I did. It
felt a bit amateurish like they didn't really know what they were
"I feel angry. Why have we been used in this way? We are pawns in some
kind of bigger game."
British Muslim leaders have lambasted flawed terror arrests, warning
that such unexplained police offensives antagonize the minority.
"Look, I've always been a bit of a cynic. I've always thought there's
no smoke without fire," Abu Bakr told the daily.
"In this case there is no fire at all… I knew my conscience was
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