Racist letter campaign targets Muslim lawmakers in UK

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Labour MP Rupa Huq is the latest MP to receive the letter, copies of which are also understood to have been opened by Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali and Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin.

Police are investigating the "Punish a Muslim" letter, which has been distributed across the country, and details a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them.

A member of Ms Huq's staff was taken to hospital, but was later discharged.

"The letter calling for attacks on Muslim is just the latest example of rising Islamaphobia and deplorable hate crimes in this country", said Pakistani-origin Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, who raised an urgent question in the House of Commons yesterday calling on the United Kingdom government to do more to tackle such "incitement to violence and help prevent the growth of such extreme views".

This came after two people were taken to hospital yesterday, also as a precaution when a package leaking a suspicious liquid was sent to Yasin's office.

Huq, who is MP for Ealing Central and Acton, said she had been assured the substance was not harmful.

Huq confirmed that she had received "the letter that did the rounds at the weekend", adding that it was a "scary experience".

"People should then get in touch with us at Tell MAMA or call 101 to be put through to the local police force".

Sent to the office of Labour MP Mohammad Yasin in the Norman Shaw Buildings, the incident prompted a response from specialist police officers and paramedics.

"Today we stand together with those facing this vile Islamophobia, to show them support, care and solidarity". It released a statement, saying: "It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate".

The London police announced on Monday that two policemen were "hospitalized" after discovering a suspicious package at the Norman Shaw Buildings, a pair of buildings in Westminster used as Parliamentary offices, reports AFP on Tuesday.

A second suspicious packaged in as many days has been found at Westminster, with one person hospitalised as a result.

"Sadly, it is reflective of hate against Muslims which continues to manifest itself alongside the rise of the far-right", said the council, which represents some 2.7 million British Muslims.

"The substance contained in it was deemed not to be hazardous to health", a Met police spokesman said on Monday.



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