Hundreds of Muslim faithful in the city of Southampton may not observe the Eid Al-Fitr prayer in a congregation.
This was because the British Bangladeshi Cultural Academy have cancelled the Eid prayer to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan at East Park after far-right groups threatened to hold a protest in the city following the EU referendum vote, Daily Mail reported.
‘We have considered the political situation and unrest in UK after leaving the EU, the rise of racist activity and comments around other cities around the country, and Pie and Mash deciding to visit Southampton.
‘We the British Bangladeshi Cultural Academy with other organisations have decided that for the good for all communities in our city it would be best if we cancel the huge gathering in the city park for Eidul Fitre prayer,’ Shere Sattar, chairman of the British Bangladesh Cultural Academy said.
The paper said up to 2,000 people were expected to gather in East Park, for Eid prayer but the organiser called it off this year over growing racial tension.
It reported that planned demonstrations, which include a rival anti-racist and pro-refugee march, and that of the far-right Pie and Mash Squad, who describe themselves as ‘a group of people, who love Pie n Mash and Britain the way it used to be’, along with a faction of the group called South Coast Resistance are not linked to the festival or planned for the same day
But the Eid-prayer’s organisers believe it is ‘for the good of all communities’ to cancel it.”
It said a number of groups such as pro-refugee organisation, Refugees Welcome and anti-facist group Southampton AntiFa held a counter-demonstration in the same area, on Saturday.