BANK VANDALISED


[from Hackney Gazette]

BANK VANDALISED

hg.editorial@archant.co.uk
23 October 2008
Damaged windows at the bank
Damaged windows at the bank

A Dalston bank was vandalised over the weekend in a series of suspected racially-motivated strikes against the Turkish community.

Thugs smashed the windows of the Turkish Bank in Kingsland High Street with a metal bar and brick in the early hours of Sunday morning.

About three hours later, a branch of the same bank in Green Lanes, Harringay, was similarly vandalised.

The day before it had been daubed in red paint with the letters “PKK” – the name of a terrorist group which campaigns for Kurdish independence.

Police are treating the incidents as potentially racially-motivated and are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

Bob Long, the managing director of the Turkish Bank, said: “We are treating this as vandalism, not terrorism.

“We are not pointing the finger in any direction. There is no way we can make any accusations at this stage.

“There are some tensions in the Turkish community, but whether this is anything to do with it I don’t know.”

In Turkey this week the trial began of 86 people accused of plotting to overthrow the country’s elected Islamist government.

Mr Long said the graffiti was not a surefire indicator of PKK’s involvement in the attacks, noting that it could have been written by anyone wanting to stir up trouble.

In April, 2006, the Ziraat Bankasi bank in Stoke Newington was firebombed, just days after north London branches of the Turkish Bank were similarly attacked.

The individuals responsible have not been arrested or identified.

Last year a gang set ablaze a flag outside the Turkish Islamic Centre in Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.

Officers from Hackney police’s community safety unit are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 020 7275 4075, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

[from The London Daily News]

Race attacks on Turkish banks in Dalston and Green Lanes

Two Turkish banks have been vandalised in what cops think are racially motivated attacks.

Small minded thugs broke windows and dubbed ‘PKK’ in red paint on the banks over the weekend – the PKK being a terrorist group fighting for Kurdish independence.

The windows of the Turkish Bank on the Kingsland Road in Dalston were smashed in with a metal bar and brick Sunday morning. Just three hours later in Green Lanes another branch was vandalised – the political graffiti appeared the day before.
Turkish plotter case

In Turkey 86 people have just gone on trial on charges of attempting to stage a coup against the Islamic government in the strictly secular state.

Speaking to the Hackney Gazette, Bob Long, the managing director of the Turkish Bank said the PKK or its sympathisers may not be involved, indicating it could be someone trying to stir up trouble adding:

“There are some tensions in the Turkish community, but whether this is anything to do with it I don’t know.”
Tensions in North London

These attacks are the latest in a long history of tension within the Turkish, Greek and Cypriot communities living in North London. In 2006, the Ziraat Bankasi bank in Stoke Newington was firebombed days after branches of the Turkish Bank were attacked.

Last year a group of people burned a Turkish flag outside an Islamic Centre in Green Lanes.

Officers from Hackney police’s community safety unit are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 020 7275 4075, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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