Two Indian families racially attacked in Northern Ireland

Reports suggest one of the families may relocate itself to another part of Portadown


Tags: Diaspora, Kerala, racism, Kenneth Twyble, Anna Lo

19th September 2009: Racism still continues.
Just over a fortnight after a Briton has been fined for abusing Indian-origin taxi driver, two Indian families have been racially attacked in Northern Ireland.
Available information suggests one of the two families hails from Kerala and includes two children. They were allegedly targeted in the Killicomaine area.
The father, a care worker in a residential home, was at home with his children when just before midnight a downstairs window at the front of the house was smashed. At the time of the incident, his wife, working as a nurse at the Craigavon Area Hospital, was on night duty.
He told the local media they came from Kerala in South India for a better life and found majority of the people friendly. But now it was all very frightening, he said, adding they hoped to move to another part of Portadown.
The incident was not isolated. In another attack in the same town, three windowpanes of a home occupied by an Indian family were smashed. The police believe both the incidents were caused by same set of people.
Reacting to the developments, Councillor Kenneth Twyble, a representative for the area, said it was a mindless action on a hard-working family contributing much to the community; and there was no room for this sort of racism anywhere.
Expressing deep worry and anguish, South Belfast Alliance MLA Anna Lo said it was contemptible to think two children were in the house when an attack took place; and said she would call on police to step up the patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the families.
The need for weeding out deep rooted racism in Northern Ireland is being felt since long, as earlier also reports had poured in on Belfast racists targeting an Indian family during the "terror attacks".
According to the reports, racist forces had allegedly attacked the Indian Community Centre in the city of Belfast, and the Romanian gypsies, almost simultaneously. The BBC had asserted the centre’s priest and his family were planning to move out after the June 15 attacks, which they believe was racially motivated.
Reports said a gang of youths tried to break down the door of the Indian Community Centre, while the priest’s wife was alone inside, in an act of violence and intimidation akin to the attacks on Romanians.
The BBC said the gang also threw stones at the building and tried to take grills off the windows to get inside.

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