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Excerpt: "In the aftermath of Monday's tragic bombing, the people of Manchester showed little patience with the racist opportunists of the extreme right English Defence League, quickly confronting EDL's attempts at provoking a xenophobic and anti-Muslim backlash."

The English Defence League got less than a warm welcome when they tried to stir up anti-Muslim hatred in Manchester. (photo: Reuters)
The English Defence League got less than a warm welcome when they tried to stir up anti-Muslim hatred in Manchester. (photo: Reuters)


After Bombing, Manchester Residents Shut Down Anti-Muslim Demonstration

By teleSUR

24 May 17

 

“The people of Manchester don’t stand with your xenophobia and racism,” one man shouted at the English Defence League racists.

n the aftermath of Monday's tragic bombing, the people of Manchester showed little patience with the racist opportunists of the extreme right English Defence League, quickly confronting EDL's attempts at provoking a xenophobic and anti-Muslim backlash.

The immigrant-scapegoating EDL picketed outside of the Arndale Mall Tuesday, spewing Islamophobic slurs and hoisting the Union Jack. The demonstration followed shortly after the panicked evacuation of the shopping center.

However, the far-right horde was quickly outnumbered by counter-protesters. One man, filmed by Reuters, strongly denounced the EDL fascists while onlookers clapped and nodded.

“The people of Manchester don’t stand with your xenophobia and racism,” he said, adding, “The people of Manchester are going to stick together, no matter what religion you follow, no matter what the color of your skin is.

"We’re not going to stand with people like you," he shouted at the right-wingers.

“We’re going to stick together because together we are stronger and the people of Manchester are not going to be afraid of who is responsible for this violence,” he continued.

The explosion at the Ariana Grande concert claimed 22 lives and led to over 59 injuries and is being treated as a terrorist attack by the Greater Manchester Police. Responsibility for the suicide bombing has been blamed on Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Mancunian whose parents are Libyan immigrants with longtime ties to the opposition against the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The United Kingdom under Prime Minister David Cameron took the lead — along with the United States — in the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011, which also included France and some Gulf State monarchies. An alleged “humanitarian intervention” of limited scope, the campaign rapidly became a “regime change” effort that led to the dramatic downfall of Gaddafi and Libya's plunge into all-out civil war, anti-Black African ethnic cleansing, and the transformation of the North African country into a base for various transnational extremist factions such as al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and the Libyan Islamic Fighting group.

Monday's attack in Manchester was met by denunciations from a vast cross-section of people in the U.K., including Muslim leaders from the Ramadhan Foundation and the Muslim Council of Britain. Muslim taxi drivers immediately offered victims and concert-goers free rides home following the explosion, providing them with water and letting them charge their phones to contact family and friends.

(photo: teleSUR)

Right-wing extremists were quick to voice their own hatred toward Muslims, with one leading columnist for the Mail Online saying “we need a final solution,” referring to the Nazi plan for the ethnic cleansing of Europe, also known as the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Likewise, the EDL used the attacks as a rallying-cry to join their racist organization and “stand up to Islamism.”

Likewise, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to cynically ride the coattails of Monday's tragedy, scurrilously tweeting that attackers like Abedi would "receive a stipend" from Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in a hypothetical scenario where the attacker was Palestinian and the targeted civilians were Israelis. Netizens were quick to denounce the Zionist leader's shameless attempt to exploit the grief of Britons, pointing to the Israeli government's tacit alliance with extremist Wahhabi Gulf kingdoms such as Saudi Arabia and its support for extremist anti-government forces in Syria.

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+13 # elizabethblock 2017-05-24 09:03
Would Americans show this kind of civilized behavior?
 
 
+14 # chrisconnolly 2017-05-24 12:19
We did show support for immigrants at airports and have shown a tremendous outpouring of support in protests and oppositional court filings. I am from Washington and our Attorney General Bob Ferguson, bless his heart, has filed suit on behalf of the state opposing the immigration ban, with our Governor Inslee's support.
 
 
+10 # ER444 2017-05-24 15:42
Shame on Netanyahu!! Peace in the Middle East is impossible with the likes of him!!!
 
 
-3 # Texas Aggie 2017-05-25 09:07
Do pigs fly?
 
 
+3 # rogerhgreen 2017-05-26 09:08
Quoting elizabethblock:
Would Americans show this kind of civilized behavior?

Yes some would, but there is no doubt that this English behaviour shows a sense of community that many Americans have lost. And that is sad. Most of my ancestors came from that part of England. I am hoping that if there is a genetic component to this sort of behaviour, I have it and am capable of expressing it. Bless you, distant-cousins -of-mine.
 
 
+10 # Wise woman 2017-05-24 10:33
I think many Americans show this kind of behavior but it doesn't receive the same attention from the msm as the outright ugly and atrocious behavior of way too many citizens. Europe does tend to celebrate the goodness of people far more than we do. The old story that good news doesn't sell, has taken over our media. Just take one look at daytime TV. It's a shame because it appeals to the lowest common denominator and our society is much poorer as a result. We have become hardened to suffering and deviant behavior.
 
 
+6 # Obwon 2017-05-24 13:48
It's heartening to see people no longer being so easily misled by emergent events. Without the quick emotional demonization of "others" events like this will have to be investigated properly, before any conclusions can be reached, and those who would use false flag attacks to motivate and buttress a cause will fall flat. Taking a weapon out of the arsenal of deceivers.
 
 
+3 # elkingo 2017-05-24 19:21
The Muslim cab drivers and English opening their homes and the nearby hotels all offering succor to the surviving victims represent the best in civilization at all.

READ MY LIPS!!

Liberal religion of OK.
Fundamentalist religion is ANATHEMA.

(And it doesn't matter which religion.)
 
 
+4 # elkingo 2017-05-24 19:23
Americans are very decent if their rice-bowl isn't threatened by ravening capitalist insanity.
 
 
+1 # rogerhgreen 2017-05-26 08:58
This is the best comment here, and it got only one thumbs-up. Well, now it has two: someone's and mine.
 

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