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AREA'S MUSLIMS FEEL TARRED WITH TERROR BRUSH, SAYS MAYOR

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The community in Walthamstow is still feeling anxious, after the arrest of suspected terrorists in the borough, May...
The community in Walthamstow is still feeling anxious, after the arrest of suspected terrorists in the borough, Mayor of Waltham Forest Farooq Qureishi said this morning on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

'The mood in Walthamstow is still one of shock and disbelief,' he said. They also feel they're being blamed for something done - if the suspects are found guilty - by a very small minority.

Mr Qureishi said statistics produced by a recent opinion poll, suggesting that a third of young Muslims felt last year's July bombings were justified, were completely unrepresentative of views among young people in Waltham Forest's Muslim community.

The reporting of such figures is one reason Muslims feel victimised, he said. 'It's just being drummed up and that is why communities feel betrayed by the media.'

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