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Alcohol-fuelled racist abuse; arson attacks, vandalism continues: IRR

IRR research `exposes reach of racial violence’

6th August 2010: The ongoing research by the Institute of Race Relations has ‘exposed the reach of racial violence that continues to spread across the county’.

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Random street attacks by gangs of youths; attacks on workers in isolated jobs, such as taxi drivers, takeaway and restaurant owners, and railway staff; alcohol-fuelled racist abuse; arson attacks and cases of graffiti and vandalism — all figure in a list of `some of the most serious cases of abuse and physical violence’ between January and June 2010.

Attacks on Muslims and vandalism in and around mosques also feature highly on the list.
The cases “have been chosen to exemplify how contemporary racial violence affects Britain’s minorities”.

The `IRR News Team’ has reported that following the publication of a briefing paper, “Racial Violence: The buried issue” in June 2010, the IRR has continued to monitor racist violence in its various guises across the country.

“The 2010 cases that have been analysed reflect the patterns of violence that emerged from our research for 2009. Where once such violence predominately affected people in deprived areas of London like Southall, Newham and Tower Hamlets, now victims of verbal and physical abuse are living in areas that have been traditionally white, and where migration has occurred on a relatively small scale”.

The `IRR News Team’ says On  1 January 2010, a 29-year-old Turkish man was assaulted on a street in Danbury, Essex, around midnight on New Year’s Day in what police called a ‘nasty’ racially aggravated attack. During the assault he was punched, kicked, and was left with a dislocated shoulder and cuts and swelling to his face. (Clacton Daily Gazette, 10 January 2010).’

Some of the other examples by the team are: `On 10 January 2010, 56-year-old Chinese takeaway owner Sui Chung was hospitalised for two nights after he was set upon by a group of around six youths in Clifton, Nottingham. After being racially abused, Mr Chung came out to challenge the youths but was attacked and suffered a broken arm and wrist, bruising to his face and a swollen eye. This is apparently not the first attack – Mr Chung says that in the fourteen years since he opened his takeaway he has had near constant abuse from gangs of up to thirty youths. (The Monitoring Group, 21 January 2010)

`On 13 January 2010, a 25-year-old migrant from the Dominican Republic was cycling along Bell Green Road, Coventry, when he was stopped by a gang of six, all ‘extremely drunk’, who began to hurl racist abuse at him. The victim was then punched and kicked, and as he tried to make his escape, one of the group threw a concrete block at his head, causing him serious head injuries. (Coventry Telegraph, 19 March 2010)

`On 17 January 2010, in Stoke Newington, London, Sarah Amerat, whilst travelling on a bus with her husband and son, was attacked by another woman who punched her in the back. She was wearing a niqab and police investigating the incident treated it as racially motivated. (Hackney Gazette, 21 January 2010)’

The same day, a `Hackney carriage driver Mohammed Sajed, 39, picked up a group of five men in Hanley, near Stoke-on-Trent, at around 3am. He stopped in Stoke when the men asked to be taken to a cash machine. As the men were getting out of the cab, one of them turned around and punched the driver, knocking him into the passenger seat. The man then got inside the car and continued punching him in the head, swearing and shouting racist abuse. (This is Staffordshire, 19 January 2010)

`On 29 January 2010, A children’s play area, a village community centre, telephone boxes and walls and benches in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, were covered in racist graffiti, Nazi swastikas and National Front logos over the weekend of 29 January and then again a week later. The tags also said ‘HP5’, ‘HP6’ and ‘Chalfont Boys’. A 13-year-old boy was cautioned by Thames Valley Police for racially aggravated criminal damage and assault in connection with the incidents. (This is Local London, 19 March 2010)

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