Unrest in Leicester: Updated
I continue to update on Leicester's unrest, and the implications of social media.
The unrest in Leicester has a significant online element. I'm not reproducing the invective here, although it is easy to find #Leicester. There are also organisational responses, such as those from MCB. Links to some of the reportage are below.
[Geneva Abdul, Guardian, Mayor blames Leicester unrest on social media disinformation ](https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/19/mayor-blames-leicester-hindu-muslim-unrest-on-social-media-disinformation)
Leicester disorder: Second man sentenced cites social media influence https://t.co/JKHAk3uGXG— Gary Bunt (@garybunt) September 20, 2022
"Celebrations that took place following the cricket match in August later became disorderly, a police spokesperson said. “An incident was shared on social media stating that a Muslim was being attacked by Hindus. This was wrong – the victim was in fact Sikh and supported the same team as the people who assaulted him,” the spokesperson said."[Sky News, Hindu and Muslim community leaders in Leicester urge 'inciters of hatred' to end 'provocation and violence'](https://news.sky.com/story/hindu-and-muslim-community-leaders-in-leicester-urge-inciters-of-hatred-to-end-provocation-and-violence-12701962)
[Rajeev Syal, Aina J Khan and Geneva Abdul, The Guardian, Half of those arrested over clashes in Leicester from outside county ](https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/19/half-those-arrested-over-clashes-in-leicester-from-outside-county?CMP=share_btn_tw)
[IANS. ummid.com, Birmingham gangs behind Hindu, Muslim riots in Leicester: Report](https://ummid.com/news/2022/september/20.02.2022/birmingham-gangs-behind-hindu-muslim-riots-in-leicester-report.html)
[Fatima Rajina, New Lines Magazine, How India’s Violent Politics Came to Leicester ](https://newlinesmag.com/argument/how-indias-violent-politics-came-to-leicester/) "The disorder exposes a worrying trend, whereby national politics in India have created fault lines in the diaspora. Hindutva, the divisive political ideology endorsed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which advocates for Hindu supremacy – and wants to transform India into an ethno-religious state – has crossed over to Britain."
“We are from one family. We settled here in this city together, we fought the racists together, we built it up together. The recent violence is not who we are as a city.”— Darshna Soni (@darshnasoni) September 20, 2022
Joint statement on Hindu / Muslim tensions in Leicester pic.twitter.com/PPZLkusMeX
"People in extremist groups have been going up to people, asking what religion they are and proceeding to beat them."— LBC (@LBC) September 20, 2022
This caller on the ground reveals how tensions began after the Leicester clash at the weekend. @mrjamesob pic.twitter.com/fv2yO92bLP
This is a useful thread on the situation in Leicester, providing some deep(er) reading on the subject ... https://t.co/a7QFwaMOHs— Gary Bunt (@garybunt) September 20, 2022
Young men - Hindu and Muslim - are being stirred-up by online disinformation and misinformation. Then, manipulated by far right political forces and extremists. Don’t let it it happen. Moderates must speak out #notinmyfaith https://t.co/6uXugmxMX3— Sangita Myska (@SangitaMyska) September 20, 2022