My local newspaper, the Islington Tribune, reports on a series of attacks on Muslim students at City University:
Up to 30 youths attacked students on Monday with bricks and metal poles.
Last Thursday students were under siege in the law building as fireworks were aimed at them. Later that day, after being advised by police to split into smaller groups to avoid appearing "intimidating", a group of students was ambushed in St John Street, Finsbury, where four were stabbed.
Like advising a herd of gazelle to split into smaller groups to appear less "intimidating" to the lions. What's more, a siege, something that implies the passage of a fair amount of time. How is that allowed to happen? It was all in broad daylight too.
Further attacks ensued, vicious beatings with bricks, metal poles and bicycle seats (?), leaving one student unconscious.
It is believed the gangs, who have been taunting the students with anti-Muslim abuse, may live nearby, with several of those involved in the attack having been spotted in recent days.
The groups have been seen sending out lookouts to report back on the movements of students.
Three men, aged 17, 18 and 19, were arrested and released on bail until January. They have been banned from going within 100 metres of the university, and ordered not to contact students or prosecution witnesses."We view this generally as an isolated incident." Islington Police's Superintendant informs us - but a carefully organised one involving dozens of thugs. But not to worry - it may just be anti-student hi-jinks: "People mustn't forget the November 5 element" he goes on.
I hope the Super isn't referring to some of the less savoury aspects of 'November 5', as he excitingly labels it. Perhaps next year we might expect some sectarian immolations?