Former Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain MP is one of many high profile community figures to provide his signature on an open letter released by Unite Against Fascism Wales giving public backing to the Muslim communities of Cardiff.
Mr Hain, who is a patron of UAF, is joined by Andy Richards the regional secretary of Unite, Roman Corria of the Cardiff Trades Council and Cardiff County Councillor Cecilia Love in signing the letter.
In the letter, UAF Wales argue that “no apologies are necessary” from the Muslim community leaders in Cardiff who cannot be held accountable for the actions of the three individuals, believed to be Aseel Multhana, his older brother Nasser and Reyaad Khan.
Instead they argue that the rise of Islamophobia, primarily through fringe right-wing Fascist groups but sustained by media outlets has alienated too many young Muslim men, driving them into the hands of welcoming extremist groups such as ISIS.
It states: “Not a week goes by without an anti-Muslim demo somewhere in Britain. Fascist groups are allowed to demonstrate while young Muslims are subject to harassment. The increased use of racism in the European elections raises the spectre of racism being made acceptable in an accepting and diverse society.”
You can read the full statement of the letter here.