A CHRISTIAN from Pakistan who was beaten up on a British street says he was targeted by Muslims for having poppies on his car.
Tajamal Amar who fled to the UK to escape persecution in 2007, was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious and having his nose broken outside a Derby fast food restaurant.
The food delivery driver believes he was picked on as he has two Remembrance Day poppies displayed on the front of his Toyota and a cross dangling from the rear-view mirror.
‘Several times, local Pakistani people in Derby have taken offence from the fact that I am Christian,’ he said.
‘Freedom of religion should be the right of any British citizen but today I feel unsafe, even then nothing will stop me going to church.’
He added: ‘I am a huge supporter of the British Armed Forces and the work that they do around the world to stop the bad people and to make us safe.
‘These persecutors cannot stop me showing my support, and I want to put more poppies on my car. I am going to put on as many as I can — maybe two more or four more — because I am not scared of anything or anyone.’
Mr Amar, 46, who was attacked outside the Red Chilli in Littleover, believes that he was hit on the head and then beaten further as he lay lifeless on the floor.
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: ‘This is an example of the religious intolerance that some strands of radical Islam promote in Britain.
‘An innocent man has been hospitalised, he has had to take several days off work, and now he is living in fear of further reprisals, simply for adhering to the Christian faith.’
Police said they had not yet arrested anyone over the October 20 attack.