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Councillors present motion condemning vandalism at mosque in Cumbernauld

Councillors present motion condemning vandalism at mosque in Cumbernauld

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Thursday December 29 2016

The Cumbernauld News reports on a motion proposed by two local councillors at North Lanarkshire Council following an incident of anti-Muslim graffiti at the Islamic Education Trust earlier this month.

Independent councillor Alan O’Brien raised the emergency motion at a meeting of the local council after expressing alarm that the mosque had been targeted twice in two years. 

The motion states: “This council utterly condemns the recent repellant vandalism. The individuals or group for this heinous crime have no place in our society.”

The motion was seconded by Labour councillor Bob Chadha and “backed unanimously” by all parties on North Lanarkshire council.

Councillor O’Brien said: “All Cumbernauld councillors were hugely supportive of this motion.

Nobody should be in any doubt that we will not tolerate this disgusting behaviour.”

The Islamic Education Trust was vandalised sometime between 9pm on Friday 16 and 7.30am on Saturday 17 December with worshippers noticing the graffiti when they arrived for early morning prayers on the Saturday morning. The words “Saracen go home” and “Deus Vult”, a Latin term meaning “God wills it” were daubed on the outer walls of the mosque.

There are no reported arrests in connection with the incident as yet.


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