Anti-Muslim letters to MPs bear hallmarks of earlier hate campaign

Source: The Guardian

BY Nick Dowson

Houses of Parliament
 The ‘Punish a Muslim’ letters, which threaten extreme violence, were received by four MPs. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Anti-Muslim letters and suspicious packages received by MPs may be linked to a two-year hate campaign against mosques on both sides of the Atlantic, the monitoring group Tell Mama has warned.

The “Punish a Muslim” letters sent this week bear a number of similarities to letters sent to mosques in London, South Yorkshire and the US in 2016-17, including sharing the same postmark.

The new letters were received by people around the UK, and were included in suspicious packages sent to at least four Muslim MPs. Several people were taken to hospital after a “low-level noxious” substance was found inside some of the packages. Police and ambulance crews were called to Westminster on Thursday after a further package was received by Sajid Javid, the communities secretary.

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