Stand Up To Racism activists at Mariam's Vigil

Hundreds of people gathered in Nottingham city centre last night to remember Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa who died after being attacked last month.

The event was attended by both Mariam’s parents and family who all shared their heartbreak and pain of how such a “cruel violent act could have been committed”. Mariam’s Father Mohammed Moustafa said he was “very pleased” by the number of people who came to support his family.

Both people who knew Mariam personally and those who only learnt of her after her death, all spoke with the deepest of sympathy to her and her family. They shared how saddened and disgusted they were that such crime could happen in their community.

Many speakers spoke directly to the perpetrators, asking them to “tell the truth” about what they had done in order to give Mariam’s family and friends “peace and justice”.

One clear message dominated the stage today “we as a community need to close the door on crimes such as these and come together in unity”.

“Nottingham is better than this”.

Yousef Farooq , Secretary to Stand Up to racism Nottingham 

 

Mariam’s former teacher spoke about Mohammed’s dream of coming to Britain “for a better life for his family” and how that dream is now ruined.

At the podium stood a board displaying images of Mariam before and after the attack as she laid in a coma which lasted 24 days.

The event was organised by Yousef Farooq, a 17-year-old student from Nottingham College and the Secretary for Nottingham Stand Up To Racism who organised the event on behalf of Mariam’s family.

He stated that it was “heartwarming to see the amount people who had come to show their support and that it proves that Nottingham is better than this”.

Photo:Yousef Farooq (centre) Secretary of Stand Up to Racism Nottingham

“all evidence indicates that this incident was not in any way hate-related”

Chief Supt Rob Griffin , Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police released a statement today revealing through current investigations, they do not believe that the attack was racially motivated. Chief Supt Rob Griffin said;”We had recorded a hate incident… however the investigation has progressed really well … we have been able to establish what happened on 20 February, and all evidence indicates that this incident was not in any way hate-related”.

Many supporters felt anguish toward the Queens Medical Centre who allegedly sent her home after she had only been at the hospital for a few hours when brought in straight after the attack. This is where some people claim that  “institutional racism” played a key role in Mariam’s death as they believe she wasn’t given the correct care she needed and was therefore disregarded because of her race.

The Police are continuing to investigate such claims.

Video:Mariams School Teacher speaking at the vigil

Chief Supt Griffin also confirmed that Nottinghamshire officers will be having conversations with both Egyptian and Italian Embassies later this week after both countries have launched their own investigations into Mariam’s death.

 

Photo: Stand United Activists

How to report a hate crime?

  • If you want to report a hate crime call 101 where you will be able to talk to a member of staff at Nottinghamshire Police Station
  • In an emergency call 999
  • If you feel like you have been targeted because of your identity Nottinghamshire Police encourage you to come forward
  • Nottinghamshire Police also have a Pegasus scheme which aims to help people come forward who have experienced a hate crime. You can contact the scheme by registering online or by emailing pegasus@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.