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Anti-racism protest to be held following 'Islamophobic hate crime' in Hammersmith

Stand Up to Racism is organising a vigil in response to an incident which it claims involved a man attack a Muslim woman

The alleged incident happened on the stretch of King Street near Hammersmith Town Hall(Image: Google)

A British-born Muslim woman was attacked as she ate dinner with friends at a restaurant in Hammersmith , according to an anti-racism organisation.

The Asian victim was told that she was “killing people” and “shouldn’t be here” by a fellow diner who then tried to rip off her hijab.

He grabbed her by the coat and attempted to drag her outside, saying he “wasn’t going to tolerate it” before other customers at the takeaway restaurant and the victim’s friends intervened, it has been aledged.

The reported incident happened on Friday (January 6) in King Street, close to Hammersmith Town Hall , at around 9pm.

Police were called by the staff at the restaurant.

According to Stand Up to Racism, the victim was visiting from Manchester.

The group has now organised a protest vigil in Lyric Square, Hammersmith from 5pm on Wednesday (January 11).

John Barker, a spokesman for the group, said: “I’ve been told that she is pretty shaken by the event and I’m not surprised considering the violence and hatred of the perpetrator.

The Stand Up to Racism flyer, advertising the vigil on Wednesday (January 11) and detailing the incident from January 6(Image: UGC TMS)

“We regard this as outrageous and intolerable hence the protest. We need to nip this kind of incident locally.

“If it is goes unchallenged this will embolden them and there will be more and more of it.”

A hijab is a veil worn by some Muslim women which usually covers the head and chest.

Mr Baker said the suspect fled the scene before police arrived.

The incident happened after an increase in hate crime was reported following the EU referendum in June last year.

Incidents included graffiti daubed on the Polish Social and Cultural Association centre in King Street in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote , which police said was being treated as a hate crime.

Getwestlondon has contacted the Met Police for comment.

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