"We have had over a thousand raids on our homes, restaurants, mosques"
, says Yasser Louati, spokesperson for the collective against Islamophobia in France. He and many French Muslims have found themselves targeted by a police force able to search without a warrant under France's three month state of emergency. "The state of emergency justifies many things and that scares me"
, says a Muslim Parisian whose house was searched at gunpoint in a dawn raid. Louati claims unnecessary raids and searches are causing further "outrages and a deeper sense of humiliation"
among innocent Muslims who have come under scrutiny from the police and media. "Muslim, Muslim, Islamist... We're not all the same"
, says a man whose business has just been raided.
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