A Muslim pensioner was on the brink of death last night after an appalling race-hate attack by a gang of schoolboys.Why no screaming headlines about this?
Retired care worker Ekram Haque, 67, was battered to the ground in front of his three-year- old granddaughter Marian.
This attack happened a few days ago – I remember seeing reports of it in the local online papers – with all references to the race of the ‘youths’ missing.
Someone, it seems, has had a change of heart. Or, is it because they now have suspects in custody?
Police are linking the attack to other assaults on elderly Asians. The attackers, who were black and wore hooded tops, are believed to be as young as 12.Well, this sets the cat among the pigeons…
Mr Haque, a devout Muslim, was ambushed as he left his local mosque in Tooting, South-West London, where he had been attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.So, while everyone was happy to chase their tails over the story of the ‘BNP kidnappers’, an elderly man was beaten to the ground and fatally injured in front of his small daughter by a gang of thugs specifically targeting Asian men, and it didn’t merit anything in the main MSM?
As he and Marian waited for a lift, the gang ran up behind him and clubbed him around the head.
Two other worshippers chased the thugs away but Mr Haque - described by friends as a 'gentle giant' - had suffered horrific head injuries.
Even though it seems this is not the first such incident:
Graphic images of the attack were caught on CCTV.And it seems that it is now being treated as more than just a mugging gone wrong:
Although Mr Haque has not been officially declared dead, murder squad detectives have already begun investigating the attacks on him and four other Asians.
Scotland Yard confirmed that the assault was being treated as ' racially motivated'.The age of the attackers should have drawn headlines too:
Two youths aged 14 and 15 have appeared before Wimbledon Youth Court accused of committing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Haque.As Laban Tall commented on some similar cases:
They and another boy, aged 12, are also accused of conspiracy to commit GBH and two counts of assault on victims in their 40s and 70s. Another 14-year-old has been charged over the attacks, but has yet to appear in court.
“I just get the feeling in both these cases that, had the perpetrator been white, we'd be reading about them for the next six months.”Let’s see how much we get to read about this…