News from the United Kingdom, Thursday 6th June 2013

The Guardian: Islamophobic hate crime: is it getting worse? ‘From online abuse to fire bombs thrown at mosques, there has been a spike in anti-Muslim attacks. While many incidents are not reported to the police, groups such as the Tell Mama project paint a worrying picture of rising Islamophobia and violence.’

Huffington Post: Muswell Hill mosque attack could be retaliation for Lee Rigby murder. ‘A Somali cultural centre has been burnt to the ground amid fears it was targeted in retaliation for the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. Counter-terror police launched an investigation into the blaze after the letters EDL – apparently referencing the English Defence League – were found scrawled on the wrecked building in Muswell Hill.’

The Guardian: Counter-terrorism police arrest man over extremist material. ‘Counter-terrorism police have made a further arrest as part of an investigation into the dissemination of extremist material in the aftermath of the murder of Lee Rigby. The arrest follows the arrest and charge of Abu Nusaybah after an appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight programme.’

BBC News: Woolwich murder suspect’s video link to court cut. ‘One of the men accused of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby had his video link to court cut after repeatedly interrupting the judge. Michael Adebolajo, 28, continually attempted to interject in the pre-trial hearing to complain about the way he says he has been treated. He told the court: “I am a man, I am a soldier, I am a British citizen.”’

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