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Wimbledon Guardian Anti-Mosque leaflets go straight into bins

By Diana Worthy

Residents in Morden living close to the shell of a new mosque are showing their contempt at leaflets designed to whip up racial hatred by binning them.

They were distributed last week to households in Abbotsbury Road and surrounding streets close to the Baitul Futuh Mosque being built on the old dairy factory site in London Road.

The leaflets are part of a national campaign by the National Front calling for all mosques in the country to be closed.

The rally on Sunday morning outside the Baitul Futuh Mosque is the group's second attempt after the last one, organised for September 22, was cancelled because the mosque was empty.

And it is unlikely there will be anyone there this time too the building is still unfinished and will not be up and running until spring of next year.

Police say they are aware of the demonstration and say it will be policed "appropriately". A community beat officer will also be patrolling nearby streets to reassure the local community.

Project director for Baitul Futuh Mosque Nasser Khan said the notion of linking Islamic believers with terrorism was ridiculous as the word Islam means peace.

Mr Khan said: "If you're anti-Islam it means you're anti-peace. If people practice true Islam the foremost rule is that you should live in peace with your neighbours no matter what religions they are."

The Guardian spoke to residents in Abbotsbury Road and Bordesley Road, two of the main streets targeted by the National Front.

All the residents, without exception, said they had thrown the leaflets away in disgust.

One said the National Front were "a bunch of loonies" and another, who did not wish to be named, said: "I saw the three or four skinheads delivering the leaflets. I put it in the bin straight away I think that's the place for this sort of thing.

Last Friday, seven members of a racist gang, including the suspected head of the National Front's south east youth wing, were jailed for a total of 17 years after police foiled a plot to kidnap and torture a Somalian teenager in Tooting.

1:12pm Thursday 14th November 2002

Wimbledon Guardian


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