A report about the trial verdict appeared in Friday’s Taz, Die Tageszeitung (Germany, print only).
Having observed some of the trial, it is noteworthy to say that I felt these two young men were strongly misguided, and some of the commentary on them rightly asks, how is it possible that two British men of Christian Nigerian background got so entangled in extreme ideology that it drove them to kill a man on the open street of whom they did not know if he was connected to anything they decried. One clue was given to me already in June 2013 by forensic experts: Untreated trauma (see here)
The just as blind hatred of Muslims by far right groups following the murder showed that there is still much work and education to be done in terms of community relations also here.
Ein Report zum Urteil bezüglich des Mordes an Lee Rigby erschien in der Taz vom Freitag (nur Druck). Nachdem ich selber den Prozess verfolge, bleibt die richtige Frage, wie es möglich wurde, dass zwei Briten die aus christlichen nigerianischen Familien stammten, sich so in radikaler Ideologie verhakten, dass sie einen unbekannten Mann auf offener Straße ermordeten, von dem sie nicht wissen konnten, ob er auch nur das geringste mit ihren Hassmotiv zu tun hat. Ein Leidfaden wurde mir bereits im Juni von foresischen Experten gegeben. Unbehandeltes Trauma (siehe hier)
Der genauso blinde Hass auf britische Muslime durch rechte Gruppen in Großbritannien zeigte, dass auch hier noch viel Arbeit aussteht.
When I went to Woolwich yesterday to examine the scene after the murder, it wasn’t long until I witnessed a backlash action by the far right organisation EDL. Local young people of minority backgriund suspected it and spoke of fear of being penalized for the actions of some crazed loonies. There were some exchanges between the police and the EDL supporters, absurdly some of the EDL people had full pints of beer, a woman came with something that looked like a Martini, as if they had emerged from a pub.
I managed to quietly speak with three EDL supportes who explained to me quietly that they had enough, and felt urge to protest. Not all however were quiet there was quite some shouting and posturing as well in general. Some of the fans were rather young (15-18, and they seemed to have come from across the entire area).