The murder of soldier Lee Rigby has unsurprisingly provoked a backlash of anger across the UK, including the attacking of mosques, racial abuse and comments made on social media. Eleven people have been arrested around Britain for making racist or
anti-religious comments on Twitter following the brutal killing in Woolwich.
The incident has also prompted a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents, according to the organisation Faith Matters, which works to reduce extremism. Before the
attack about four to eight cases a day were reported to its helpline. But the group said about 150 incidents had been reported in the last few days, including attacks on mosques.
Two men from Bristol, were held under the Public Order
Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Detective Inspector Ed Yaxley of Avon and Somerset Police said:
These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are
completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.
Surrey Police said a man has been charged in connection with comments placed on a social media website following the murder of the soldier. Superintendent
Matt Goodridge said:
Surrey Police will not tolerate language used in a public place, including on social media websites, which causes harassment, alarm or distress.
A Hastings man has been charged
by police after allegedly posting an offensive message on Facebook.
Meanwhile, a Southsea woman has been charged with allegedly sending a grossly offensive message on Facebook, an offence contrary to Section 127 of the Communications Act
Police have also arrested three people ahead of an EDL protest for allegedly making racist tweets.
Actors were briefly shown vaguely waving bloody knives and cleavers like killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. This occurred as a a throwaway reference to the UK in a spoof of the Eurovision Song Contest.
A spoof compere was doing the
rounds interviewing people sitting at tables representing a few European states. When he approached the UK table he asked those sitting there to wave to the camera. They were shown to be holding knives as per the Woolwich terrorist. The compere then
pretended to run away screaming.
The show was Saturday night's Langs de Leeuw show on Holland's publicly-owned VARA channel. The same programme caused 'ourtrage' last week with a presenter sampling breast milk direct from a participant.
The latest sketch sparked a little 'outrage' from Dutch viewers via the inevitable Twitter.
Niet Mohammed wrote: Has Paul de Leeuw no shame?
DCorleone59 added: For almost 400,000 euros a year, Paul de Leeuw makes fun of the
brutal killing of Lee Rigby.
Edin Mujagic wrote: Someone killed with a machete is NOT, I repeat NOT funny!