Following a non-fatal knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station on Saturday evening, Londoners are using the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv to shift focus away from the attacker.
London’s Metropolitan police are describing this as a “terrorist incident,” with one person seriously injured and two others being treated for minor knife wounds. Bystanders report hearing the attacker shouting, “This is for Syria,” before he was Tasered and arrested by police, but his words have already been drowned out by an entirely different message from the scene.
In one video of the arrest, you can hear one someone shout, “You ain’t no muslim, bruv.” This slogan quickly took off on social media, with people tweeting their support for Muslims facing negative stereotypes in the wake of terrorist attacks.
Shocking scenes at Leytonstone Station pic.twitter.com/QwsynQjZHA
— Yusuf Patel MBE (@YusufJP_) December 5, 2015
"You ain't no Muslim, bruv" is a wonderfully British cry of defiance. #Leytonstone
— Stephen Daisley (@JournoStephen) December 5, 2015
Sadiq Khan, the Labour Party candidate in next year’s election for London mayor, was among the many people using the hashtag this weekend.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) December 6, 2015
People are heralding the hashtag as a perfect example of London solidarity: A concise expression of community spirit and a dismissal of violent extremism, all in one simple phrase.
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