A top cop in London’s Metropolitan Police department warned the public Wednesday evening over the ongoing threat from extremist organizations. Only he wasn’t referring to the Islamist attack that unfolded hours before, but threats from ‘extreme right wing groups’ that may target Muslims for retribution.
Speaking to the press in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist assault on Parliament, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Mark Rowley reassured the UK’s Muslim minority that they would be safe.
“The police stand with all communities in the UK and will take action against anybody who seeks to undermine society, especially where their crimes are motivated by hate,” said Rowley. “We must recognize now that our Muslim communities will feel anxious at this time, given the past behavior of extreme right wing groups, and we will continue to work with all community leaders over the coming days.”
Rowley’s words did little to comfort the UK public at large.
The officer was right to assert that European capitals have been on edge over extremism for years, but from al Qaeda and ISIS, not ‘right wing groups’.