Vigil held for damaged Muslim graves

ANGRY Mancunians took part in a vigil at Southern Cemetery on Sunday 29 November 2009 after Muslim graves were damaged for the third time in two months.

Around 50 people were present at 2pm at the cemetery on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton to show their solidarity with Manchester’s Islamic communities against these racially motivated attacks.

Reverend Sarah Brewerton, who announced the vigil plans during sunday service at Chorlton Central Church, said: “When you go to visit loved ones at a grave you are already in a distressed state. Even worst to then find the desecration. This is a racist attack.”

Muslim headstones were first damaged at Southern Cemetery on 29 September 2009 and again three days later.

Twenty more headstones were then pushed over between the 20 and the 23 November 2009 and Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are treating the incidents as racial abuse.

Mark Krantz, organizer of the vigil and part of Chorlton Unite Against Fascism group, said: “This attack is designed to hurt the living. It is meant to bring hurt, hatred, and division. Our response is to build unity and solidarity.”

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