London man denies claims he attacked Muslim woman, tweets he was defending girlfriend

1 / 3
Was Pawel Uczciwek attacking a Muslim woman or defending his girlfriend? (Twitter)
2 / 3
Aniso Abdulkadir (Twitter)
3 / 3
Aniso Abdulkadir (Twitter)
Updated 17 July 2017
0

London man denies claims he attacked Muslim woman, tweets he was defending girlfriend

DUBAI: A London-based architect accused of attacking a Muslim woman has taken to Twitter to defend his actions, claiming his friend was the victim and that he was defending her.

Aniso Abdulkadir posted tweets carrying a photo of Pawel Uczciwek, claiming he tried to pull off her hijab while she waited for a train at Baker Street underground station.

She said he shouted at her, telling her to “show her hair,” and spat in her friend’s face.

The alleged incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At the time Abdulkadir tweeted: “This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed ahold of my scarf he hit me.”



She added: “He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face.”

Her claims were retweeted more than 35,000 times by Monday afternoon.

British police confirmed the incident was being investigated as a hate crime. A police spokesman added: “Behavior like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated… This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating.”

But architect Pawel Uczciwek has now responded to the accusations, tweeting that the allegations made about him were “completely false.”

Defending his actions, he said his female friend was the victim of a racist attack and that he was trying to “diffuse” the situation.

London’s Metro newspaper quoted Uczciwek as saying: “The police is fully cooperating with me and will be able to obtain CCTV footage showing the three women attempting to attack my partner because we are in an interracial relationship.”

He added: “My partner was attacked by three people — i diffused it. The media does not even care that a black woman was attacked???

“Three people attempted to attack one person A BLACK WOMAN and there is not a care in the world from media???”

He tweeted that the perpetrators were treated as victims, adding: “I am shocked.”

Uczciwek wrote that he intervened to ensure none of the four women were harmed.

He added: “The media is using religion as a scapegoat because they clearly have no care for a black women being attacked in London.”















What We Are Reading Today: Debating War and Peace by Jonathan Mermin

Updated 15 October 2018
0

What We Are Reading Today: Debating War and Peace by Jonathan Mermin

  • Mermin shows that if there is no debate over US policy in Washington, there is no debate in the news
  • The author constructs a new framework for thinking about press-government relations

The First Amendment ideal of an independent press allows American journalists to present critical perspectives on government policies and actions; but are the media independent of government in practice? Here Jonathan Mermin demonstrates that when it comes to military intervention, journalists over the past two decades have let the government itself set the terms and boundaries of foreign policy debate in the news.

Analyzing newspaper and television reporting of US intervention in Grenada and Panama, the bombing of Libya, the Gulf War, and US actions in Somalia and Haiti, he shows that if there is no debate over US policy in Washington, there is no debate in the news. 

Journalists often criticize the execution of US policy, but fail to offer critical analysis of the policy itself if actors inside the government have not challenged it. Mermin ultimately offers concrete evidence of outside-Washington perspectives that could have been reported in specific cases, and explains how the press could increase its independence of Washington in reporting foreign policy news. 

The author constructs a new framework for thinking about press-government relations, based on the observation that bipartisan support for US intervention is often best interpreted as a political phenomenon, not as evidence of the wisdom of US policy. Journalists should remember that domestic political factors often influence foreign policy debate. The media, Mermin argues, should not see a Washington consensus as justification for downplaying critical perspectives.