‘It feels like people want to fight’: how communal unrest flared in Leicester

‘It feels like people want to fight’: how communal unrest flared in Leicester

For decades, Muslim and Hindu communities have lived side by side in east Leicester as friends, colleagues and business partners – but unease among residents has been growing for months. There have been reports of violent assaults, religious symbols being attacked and antisocial behaviour directed at both mosques and temples in recent weeks, with growing anger fuelled by social media speculation. Tensions boiled over last weekend, with violent unrest erupting on to the streets. People armed with sticks and bats …