In the aftermath of a string of terrorist attacks that have gripped London in recent months, some far-right politicians have attempted played on the public's fears by declaring various areas of the city as "off-limits" to non-Muslims. Britain First, one of these far-right groups has declared these so-called Muslim strongholds as "no go zones," claiming that Sharia Law is being strictly enforced by the extremists who operate there.
In response, two men decided to challenge the claims that these neighborhoods are not safe for non-Muslim people to go.
How, you may ask? By simply going to these areas and seeing for themselves.
First up was Dan Kaszeta, a security specialist who decided to document his day touring the "no go zone" of East London-Tower Hamlets.
Remember, no one who is not of Muslim faith, not even the police, dare to come into these areas. Or so claims the far-right.
Not exactly what anyone would call scary.
Then one arrives at lunch. 1 Michelin star, but surprisingly affordable for all that, if you stick to the set menu. The high end is, well, pretty high though. Note presence of non-halal meats, and wine. Oh the wine. Lovely stuff. pic.twitter.com/K1iAhy5hpT— Dan Kaszeta (@DanKaszeta) February 1, 2018
Hmm. It certainly looks like a regular ol' neighborhood with people living regular lives. Perhaps they're the exception to the rule.
Let's see if writer Mike Stuchbery can uncover the scary underbelly of another "no go zone" in the streets of Bury Park, Luton:
I walk down the side-street leading to the main strip, past two young men in traditional... Muslim dress. One turns to the other conspiratorially:— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
"Yusef, you deserve to be treated better than than that by her."
At last, I am in the belly of the beast. But where is everyone? There are just spicy pizza hawkers playing their trade.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
No sinister crowds of bearded men eyeing my warily, no flocks of women in abeya milling about submissively.
It's too quiet. pic.twitter.com/sswgSr2xYY
I am withdrawing money for next week's bus ticket. I will see if I am charged the 'jizya' that infidels are placed under in areas of Sharia law.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
This is about as exciting as the last guy's journey.
We'll this is disappointing. No sideways glances, no hissed curses, no roaming gangs of young men telling people what to do.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
FFS, I haven't even heard any other languages than English!
At this point, Stuchbery has had enough and comes to a decisive conclusion:
I've literally run out of Bury Park to walk. I've tried desperately to find anything intimidating or threatening.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
It's just a local community hub, with Britons of all colours sharing what makes their background special.
So, hey, listen, next time @MarkACollett, @TaraMcCarthy444, @LauraLoomer, @TomiLahren, @PNehlen, @RaheemKassam @KTHopkins, @TRobinsonNewEra, @PrisonPlanet, @CaolanRob or any other Crowdfunded Racist shrieks at you about #NoGoZones, tell them to *massively* get fucked...— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
Bury Park, like much of Luton is a testament to what the world has given Britain. It stands alongside Carnival as a reason to come to this town. It's colour in the grey, flowers in some rather gloomy postwar cracks.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
We're all here for such a brief moment in time - way too short to go talking shit about other because we look, eat and pray a little different.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 2, 2018
Look after one another, god (or not) bless & smile. FIN.
That's it. That's all that happened. Two men went for a walk in two different "no go zones" and discovered normal people living normal lives. Shocking, right?
It looks like the conservative alt-right is going to have to come up with new scare tactics.