I wrote last week about the sudden appearance of posters announcing a “shariah-controlled zone” in the Walthamstow Forest area of East London. In response, a reader in Germany emailed us yesterday with a question about what was happening in Walthamstow:
I read in your blog about sharia-controlled zones in Walthamstow.
Today I read this “Walthamstow: Community safety day to provide advice” from The Guardian.
Do you think that there is a relation / connection from the sharia-movement to this safety day? Is the safety day an answer to the sharia-controlled-zones?
What is the current situation in Walthamstow, are there still sharia-controlled-zones and posters?
The piece in The Guardian is very brief. It says:
An event where residents can find advice on personal safety is being held this weekend.
Representatives from the police, the council, the Fire Brigade, Transport for London and Age UK will set up stalls in Walthamstow town square this Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
They will provide information on improving security in the home and ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
There will also be activities and entertainment for families and children.
As of this writing, there is only one comment on the article:
underground, rm154el says...
3:03pm Thu 14 Jul 11
another waste of council tax. why not set the stalls up when its dark when the thiefs muggers and scumbags crawl out of bed. walthamstow ghetto slum
I referred our German reader’s question to the local London resident who sent us the original material. Here’s what he had to say:
In reply to the questions regarding the current situation in Walthamstow, the ‘sharia controlled zones’ posters were removed very quickly. Not sure who did this but it is likely to be the cleaners employed by the bus company whose bus stop was defaced.
The ‘Community safety day’ is a Waltham Forest Council run event designed to combat the fear of crime — since that is judged to be the main problem rather than the actuality of it! But such is the mentality of those in local councils.
This is the council page detailing the event.
No, the safety day is not a response to the ‘sharia control’ posters. Your first clue is in the timing of the event: it is far too soon after the posters were placed to form a response, as English councils compete with snails in response time to genuine emergencies.
So Walthamstow doesn’t want its residents to be free of crime; it wants them to stop being afraid of crime.
In other words, it wants to lull them, hypnotize them, and anesthetize them, so that the current levels of crime and dysfunction — or even higher ones — will eventually seem acceptable and normal.