London: After the cricket match between India and India, community leaders and local leaders on Tuesday appealed for calm.">Pakistan Weeks of unrest prevailed in the multicultural English city of Leicester.
Violent street clashes broke out between members of the Hindu and Muslim communities after India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in Dubai on 28 August.
The violence made headlines in India and Pakistan as well as the UK, and dozens have been arrested.
Videos posted on local media showed large groups of youth wearing masks and balaclavas fighting and raising slogans on the streets.
Jonathan Ashworth, an opposition Labor MP in Leicester, condemned the “shocking scenes of unacceptable incidents of violence” in an interview with Times Radio.
The politician tweeted on Monday that all in the city are “united to call for calm, peace and harmony”.
On Tuesday morning, leaders of Hindu and Muslim communities gathered on the steps of a mosque.
Pradeepo GajjarThe president of the city’s ISKCON Leicester Hindu Temple read a joint statement saying they were “saddened and heartbroken to see the outburst of tension and violence”.
According to a video posted by a local Leicester, “physical attacks on innocent individuals and undue damage to property are not part of a civilized society and are not really part of our beliefs.” wed Newspaper.
The communities called for an immediate end to the “incitement and violence”.
Leicester Mercury Emphasizing that “the issues behind the unrest… are much more complex than just a cricket match”.
Police said on Monday that 47 people had been arrested in connection with the unrest, which began on the night of August 28 and continued this month.
“The impact this disorder is having on our local communities is unacceptable,” Leicestershire Police said on Monday.
“We will not tolerate violence, disorder or intimidation in Leicester and we will continue to call for peace and dialogue.
“Our police operations and investigations are continuing vigorously and extensively.”
Police said those arrested were men, mostly in their teens and 20s, and were facing charges of possessing offensive weapons or firearms, violent disorder and making death threats.
The police have gained additional powers in certain areas to detain and search anyone and take minors back to their homes. He has urged against “spreading speculation on social media”.
A 20-year-old local man has been jailed for 10 months for possessing an offensive weapon.