AWATE, a writer and performer who grew up in Camden and is known for running a youth music course at the St Pancras Community Centre, was on Channel 4 News this evening and it caused a bit of a stir. In a debate with UKIP supporter Sanya-Jeet Tandi, who herself seemed pretty bewildered by what he was saying, he explains why he doesn’t feel British and how young Muslims would not feel comfortable ‘putting on that England jersey’ because it bears a St George’s cross.
Unusual for a prime time news programme to actually ask a young Muslim what they are thinking about the debates UKIP are starting ahead of the election, he reveals a real sense of anger. The comments led to claims of a lack of gratitude. Awate said the only reason he was living in this country was that Britain had torn his country and continent apart.
Maybe his anger was stirred further last year when he was brought to court accused of assaulting a PCSO last year, only to be cleared. He left the court that day, punching the air and shouting ‘justice’, adding: “You can see why riots begin, we are made to feel like criminals.”