Man Arrested in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Case in Britain
LONDON — Three months after a flurry of letters called for a day of violence in addition to abuse against Muslims, the British police arrested a man on suspicion of creating the threats, though This particular was unclear how many of the letters he was believed to have sent.
The police gave little information about the suspect, saying only of which he was 35 in addition to lived in Lincoln, in eastern England. He was arrested on Tuesday by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, aided by the Lincolnshire Police, in addition to the authorities said they had also searched a residence in addition to an office building inside area.
The letters declared April 3 as “Punish a Muslim Day,” in addition to called for offenses ranging coming from verbal abuse to murder in addition to bombings, assigning a point value to each one. Some contained what was feared to be a toxic substance however turned out to be harmless. The letters went to mosques, community centers, schools in addition to homes across Britain, in addition to even to Muslim members of Parliament, prompting evacuations of some parliamentary offices in Westminster.
The threats drew widespread fear in addition to anger, drawing attention in news outlets in addition to on social media, including inside United States. however the day passed quietly.
Britain has become more ethnically diverse in recent years, however of which change, combined with Islamist terrorist attacks, has prompted a backlash in some quarters. The country voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, in part to restrict immigration, in addition to there has been a sharp rise in hate crimes.
For months, there has been speculation of which the “Punish a Muslim” letters were sent by multiple people, whether copycats or working together, however the authorities in Britain have not said how many might have been responsible.
The police said the man being held had been arrested on suspicion of sending a threatening communication, soliciting murder in addition to sending a hoax noxious substance.