How is Muslim life in Glasgow
Threat is part of everyday life
Haymarket, next to Piccadilly Circus. Here, in front of the Tiger Tiger Club, the first car bomb was found last week. The club has now reopened, the police barriers have also disappeared, but nevertheless many passers-by stop briefly in front of the house with the large windows, one of them is Steve, 43 years old, his office is around the corner.
"I go to this club every now and then, so I already have a strange feeling here. If the bomb had gone off last week, it could have gotten me. But I'll go back in here anyway, the threat is now part of the Everyday, you shouldn't let it drive you crazy. "
My friend wants us to go back to our homeland in Lithuania, says Avaldus. He works in an electronics store a few blocks away. It is now more dangerous here in London than anywhere else in Europe. I don't see it that closely, but my girlfriend can no longer stand it here.
The streets and shops in Piccadilly Circus are as full as usual. Ricky, 27, is an actor and has just come back from an audition in one of the adjoining theaters.
"It's almost a little scary how normal life goes on here. But actually it gives me courage. Because terrorists want to see fear first and foremost. The many people here and the full buses show me that they couldn't do it. That makes me a little proud to be an Englishman. "
Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan live in the east of central London. Abdul Rab has an Islamic bookstore here, and he is opposed to the Muslims being the guilty party again.
"Suddenly it's about our religion again. Everywhere I hear only Muslim, Muslim, Muslim. Why do we still identify criminals based on their religion. We'd better call them Iranians, Bangladeshis or Pakistanis."
The majority of the men now suspected are not British Muslims, but Muslims from abroad. But for Abdul this is no comfort.
"To me it makes no difference whether these people are British Muslims or not. Hurting innocent people is always a crime. And that's why I would simply call the people behind these attacks criminals."
London pub and restaurant owners have other concerns. In a pub in London's Soho nightlife district, the landlord, Raul, taps beer for some customers who are sitting outside at tables on the pavement.
"This area is full of tourists and Londoners who love to go out. If the threat continues here, a lot of people will think twice about coming. We haven't felt any effects yet, but our business could suffer from this situation."
Many pubs and cafes are now working closely with the London police and reporting suspicious guests. But even if innkeepers suddenly become attentive and even if more police officers are on patrol in the city center, the streets in London look like every year in July, full of people and slightly rainy.
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