Video of London Muslim ’Patrol’ Harassing Gay Man Sparks Outrage
A YouTube video showing a group of self-proclaimed "Muslim Patrol" in the Whitechapel area of East London shows them harassing a man walk by because they believe he is gay. The footage has gone viral around the world on the Web this week.
The clip, which clocks in at just over a minute, first shows an image that reads, "Islam will dominate the world" and a quote from the Koran. In the background, gunshots can be heard going off.
When the video begins, one of the members of the group asks the victim, "Hello mate, don’t you know this is a Muslim area? Why you dressed like that for? [sic]" Another member can be heard shouting, "Homosexual! Homosexual!"
The victim, seen in a hat, a vest and carrying a tote bag, asks, "Why are you bothering me?"
A young man responds, "Because you’re walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag, mate. You need to get out of here."
Members of the group also call the victim "dirty", a "fag" and a "mug" several times.
The video was posted on Jan. 19. Since then, as reported by the BBC and elsewhere, a mosque in East London Mosque released a statement denouncing the group’s harassment.