Many Muslims say they have long been suffering from daily abuse.
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The attack at Finsbury Park Mosque was the depressingly logical outcome of demonization by tabloid headline writers and right-wing demagogues who portray Muslims as the enemy within, British commentators and Islamic leaders worry.Neighbors of Darren Osborne, the Cardiff man arrested after the attack early Monday, said he was a heavy drinker who had become increasingly deranged after Islamist extremists used a vehicle and knives in a murderous rampage in London this month.Tommy Robinson, former leader of the far-right English Defense League, made the link explicit in describing Osborne's attack as "revenge" for the London bloodshed.Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson responded to the Finsbury Park attack with a drawing of Osborne's hired van bearing an advertisement on the side: "Read The Sun and Daily Mail".There was criticism that it took police three hours to publicly characterize the Finsbury Park attack as terrorism, compared with a much quicker response after other incidents, such as the van and stabbing attack near London Bridge this month.
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