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Religious hate crimes increase in wake of London bombings

Reporter: Jane Hutcheon

TONY JONES: And a high state of alert continues in London over possible bomb attacks, as new
figures have revealed that religious hate crimes in the city have risen 600 per cent since the 7
July attacks. A leading Muslim police officer has told the BBC he's never seen so much anger
amongst young Muslims, as frustration mounts over the increased use of stop-and-search techniques
by the police. Europe correspondent Jane Hutcheon reports.

JANE HUTCHEON: Yet another scare on London's transport system. This one on Tuesday put the city
centre on hold for half an hour.

POLICEMAN: Can I ask you to move back, please. Back beyond that post.

JANE HUTCHEON: It's a symptom of the tension which now grips the whole of Britain. Muslim
communities believe they are paying the price of the actions of the July 7th Bombers and the four
men who attempted to detonate bombs on July 21st. But there's also growing frustration among young
Muslims over the Iraq war. This was acknowledged by a leading Conservative Party politician.

DOMINIC GRIEVE, BRITISH SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL: I have to say that I find the suicide bombing
totally explicable in terms of the level of anger which many members of the Muslim community seem
to have about a large number of things. I'm sure that something like the Iraq war contributes to it
because after all the Iraq war is about the intervention of Western countries in a state that's
seen as being essentially Muslim.

JANE HUTCHEON: In the aftermath of the bombings the actions of Britain's security establishment has
compounded those frustrations. Twelve days ago, police mistakenly killed an innocent Brazilian man
they suspected was a suicide bomber. Now, wide-ranging "stop and search" powers are singling out
young men of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance.

MAN: Well, part of you thinks that, you know, why? Why should I be stopped, I haven't done
anything? But then the other part of you thinks well I kind of understand. I kind of fit the
profile. I'm young. I'm running, trying to catch my train. Got a bag on me. I'm ethnic.

JANE HUTCHEON: In the first of a series of meetings, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears met Muslim
leaders in the northern city of Oldham - scene of violent race riots, four years ago.

HAZEL BLEARS, HOME OFFICE MINISTER: The message really is how can we as government help communities
both tackle any extremism that they find. How can we encourage them to report more information to
the police. And in particular how can we engage more with the grass roots, particularly of young
Muslim people, men and women, and make sure their voices are heard so that where they are angry
about issues and sometimes they are angry, that that is channelled through the proper democratic
process.

JANE HUTCHEON: But as British police continue their hunt for other potential bombers, Muslim
leaders say the problems within their communities have been ignored for too long.

MANZOOR MOGHAL, FEDERATION OF MUSLIM ORGANISATIONS: Violence is not compatible with our faith. A
lot of people have been misled by firebrand clerics who've been allowed by the Government to come
and operate freely, despite several warnings that I gave both in writing and verbally. Those people
had free access to some mosques, to some Muslim groups.

JANE HUTCHEON: By the end of the year there will be new laws to clamp down on those preaching
extremism, but a key question remains: are legal measures enough to stop would-be bombers? Jane
Hutcheon, Lateline.