| ||A shopping centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has installed new 'squat' toilets for customers after bosses reportedly went on a cultural diversity training course. |
Two of Rochdale's Exchange shopping centre's fourteen toilets have been converted into nile pans.
Manchester Evening News reports:
'Community activist Ghulam Rasul Shahzad said managers decided to offer the toilets after attending one of his training courses.
'The retired Rochdale council training officer, who has an OBE for community work, took centre manager Lorenzo O’Reilly and his team on a tour of the town’s central mosque, including a look at its toilets.
‘He said: "The management at the centre were very committed to improving the service they offered to the community and were very responsive.
‘"We always work together to understand each other from both sides and find a balance.
‘"That is the beauty of Rochdale. That is why I am proud to be a Rochdalian."’
What is essentially a local issue, involving merely two toilets, has been used by the national media to once again incite anti-Muslim prejudice and toe the ‘special treatment of minorities’ narrative.
The Daily Star's article titled 'Muslim public loo fury' reported 'Fury has erupted after a shopping centre became the first in Britain to introduce Muslim-only toilets.'
The Daily Express' article on the matter is headlined 'Shopping centre plans squat loos designed for Muslims.' The paper reports: 'They are being installed for Muslim customers.’
The Sun, Daily Mail and Sky news focused on the 'Asian' community, making little or no mention of Muslims throughout their report.
Disappointingly, the BBC once again picked up on a non-story, utilised by the right-wing press to foment fear about the ‘Islamification’ of Britain.
Nile pans are used all around the world - in France, Italy and Greece among other countries. But as usual, some sections of the media could not pass up the opportunity of taking yet another swipe at Muslims.
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