DEMONSTRATORS staged a display of solidarity with Muslims at the weekend after a hate crime targeting a mosque.
The Cambridge collective of Stand Up to Racism organised the rally after after strips of bacon were left on four cars outside the Omar Faruque mosque and cultural centre in the city on Thursday.
The gathering on Saturday at the city’s Guildhall was initially planned to celebrate the result of the general election, which Cambridge Stand Up to Racism co-ordinator Richard Rose described as a victory for grassroots activism.
The result was also a slap in the face for the Tories’ anti-immigration dog-whistle politics and austerity, he added.
After the attack on the city’s mosque, Stand Up to Racism appealed to people to show their support for the Muslim community and celebrate multiculturalism.
Cambridge’s Labour MP Daniel Zeichner — an honorary member of the city’s Stand Up to Racism committee — was re-elected with a thumping 13,000 majority in the marginal seat, seeing off a challenge by Lib Dem candidate Julian Huppert.
Mr Rose said: “Cambridge Stand Up to Racism deplores the recent incident at Omar Faruque mosque, where bacon was left on cars of fasting Muslims.
“This offensive act in no way reflects the feelings of the vast majority of Cambridge residents, who are proud of our diverse, multicultural city.
“The divisive scapegoating politics fuelled by Theresa May was firmly rejected in Cambridge, as elsewhere.
“We are determined not to allow a small number of racists to divide us.”