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Five held in London over 'Muslim vigilante' videos

Published on Jan 25, 2013 7:42 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Five people have been arrested in London after videos emerged online of a group of men abusing passers-by for being gay, drinking alcohol or wearing mini-skirts in what they said was a "Muslim area", police said today.

The arrests were made over what Scotland Yard described as "filmed harassments" in east London, an area with a high concentration of Muslims, earlier this month.

Detectives voiced particular concern about a YouTube video entitled "Muslim vigilantes in London harass and taunt gay male", in which a group of men verbally abuse a man in the street for being homosexual.

"Don't you know this is a Muslim area?" an off-camera voice in the video says. "You need to get out of here... You're dirty, mate. You're gay mate, get out of here..."

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