ANTI-RACISM campaigners joined members of Muslim communities last night to stage a protest outside the BBC in London against what they claim is the corporation’s silence over the shootings of three Muslim students in the US.
Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot dead near the university campus in North Carolina on Wednesday.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder over the killings.
Initial reports appeared to suggest the triple shooting was the result of a dispute over parking spaces but the victims’ families and local Muslim community leaders are calling for the murders to be recognised as a hate crime.
The protesters argue that in stark contrast to the recent Paris shootings there was no immediate coverage of the killings, which were not headline news or covered in the BBC’s main news bulletins.