The site where Mr Ebrahimi’s body was found, about 100 yards from the 44-year-old Iranian’s home
Guilt haunts the community where an Iranian eccentric falsely accused of being a paedophile was beaten and burned to death (via How wild rumour led a mob to murder an innocent man - Telegraph)
"local youths began vandalising Mr Ebrahimi’s flowers. He took photographs of them as evidence and called the police. When officers attended the scene, they were confronted by a group of about 20 neighbours who told them that Mr Ebrahimi was a paedophile and that he had been taking pictures of children.
Officers advised Mr Ebrahimi to go back into his house, but he was determined to stand his ground. He was finally arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace, and taken away while a mob chanted “paedo, paedo”.
That night, Mr Ebrahimi was released without further action. “We can categorically state he had not taken any indecent images and that nothing of concern had been found on his computer,” confirmed a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police. When Mr Ebrahimi returned home, it was to more taunts and jeers from the neighbours. Two days later, he was dead.
"Both Mr Ebrahimi’s family and the police believe that in addition to his eccentricity, he was targeted because of his Iranian background. This racism, combined with paranoia of paedophilia, created a mood of toxic febrility. It must be acknowledged that most areas of Bristol are very tolerant; but it is equally important to recognise that some are quite the opposite"
“According to an elderly lady who lives in a maisonette in the same block, “I could cope with them giving him a beating, but setting him on fire was sick.””
A beating would be ok would it you racist scumbag?
Utterly shameful and depressing story. I love Bristol, I was born here and have lived here most of my life. The cities multiculturalism is one of the great things about it. The fact that there are isolated pockets of hate like this brings shame on our city.