Search

Hundreds protest outside HSBC in anger at Finsbury Park Mosque account closure

17:30 15 August 2014

Protesters outside HSBC

Protesters outside HSBC

Archant

Around 300 worshippers from Finsbury Park Mosque staged a protest outside HSBC this afternoon in anger at the bank’s decision to close their account.

The demonstrators chanted “HSBC shame on you” and held placards outside the Seven Sisters Road branch at around 2.30pm.

The action came after the St Thomas’s Road mosque received a letter in July telling them their account would be shut – they say without any reason.

Khalid Oumar, secretary of the mosque’s board of trustees, said: “The protest went to plan and it was good to see people out there.

“At the end we delivered a petition with 1000 signatures to the bank’s senior manager.

“To be honest, it’s no longer about keeping the account.

“They sent us a second letter, which is worse than the first because it seeks our sympathy and understanding, telling us their decisions was not based on religion or race.

“But as we shouted at outside the bank ‘give us a reason’.

“They still haven’t told us why they closed the account, so we can’t learn from it, or even amend it.

“This is no way to deal with us and the main victims are the people who use the centre, because we’re a registered charity.”

Inspector Paul Standing, who was in charge of policing the demonstration, said: “They were very compliant and good natured.

“We’d like to thank them for the way they organised and stewarded everything, it was peaceful and without incident. It was perfect from our point of view.”

A spokesman for the bank said they did not discuss individual customers but their decisions were never based on race or religion.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

17:30
The team at Cobble Lane Cured

Usually, cured meats such as ham, salami and bresoala are associated with our European counterparts.

16:01
Headteacher Damien Parrott and Solihull coordinator Yasmin Stephenson with some of the children

A Highbury primary school is handing out free parenting courses in a UK-first pilot scheme.

14:15
Sgt Hugh Victor Hember in his uniform

“I have heard of our post being stopped and everything is being censored. Don’t be scared or worried if a sentence has had a rubber to wash it out.. Tell mother I received Isobel’s letter. I must close now. Love to you all, Vic.”

11:11
James Casey. Picture: Metropolitan Police

The crook who stole an Islington vicar’s dead wife’s jewellery has been jailed for three years - and Rev Simon Harvey last night said he wants to meet him.

Yesterday, 17:34
Henry Hicks died in December 2014

The police officers involved in the pursuit of Henry Hicks in the lead up to his death face losing their jobs if allegations of gross misconduct against them are proven.

Yesterday, 15:27
Borough commander Catherine Roper, who made the revelations in a police statement today

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has recommended that the four police officers involved in the death of teenager Henry Hicks “have a case to answer for gross misconduct”, Islington borough commander Catherine Roper has revealed today.

Yesterday, 14:49
Mark Mick

A bungling robber is today behind bars after he stole a woman’s phone – but left his own at the scene.

Yesterday, 13:23
Henry Hicks died following a police chase in Islington (Picture: Arnaud Stephenson)

Teenager Henry Hicks died as he was trying to get away from police who were pursuing him in unmarked cars, a jury has ruled.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe