Calendar of racism and resistance (20 July – 15 August 2018)

August 16, 2018 — News

Written by IRR News Team

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.

Asylum and migration 

18 July: Liverpool City Council passes a cross-party motion calling on the government to end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, saying the system is ‘inhumane’ and ‘not fit for purpose’. (These Walls Must Fall, 19 July 2018)

18 July: Hungary’s right-wing government withdraws from the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, a pact approved by 191 UN member nations that lays out objectives to open up migration and manage flows of people, claiming that the document goes ‘entirely against Hungary’s security interests’. (Al jazeera, 18 July 2018)

19 July: EU commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the interior minister for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Oliver Spasovski, initial an agreement to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia. (Ekathimerini, 19 July 2018)

19 July: Berlin’s migration policy comes under scrutiny as a 23-year-old Afghani man is deported despite an ongoing legal appeal. (The Local, 19 July 2018) 

19 July: Refugee Action finds that asylum seekers are at risk due to lack of access to legal advice. Download Tipping the Scales of Justice: Access to Justice in the asylum system, here. (Guardian, 19 July 2018) 

19 July: The Home Office admits that the lawful basis of taking DNA swabs from asylum seekers to prove their origins, as part of a pilot scheme that operated until March 2011, is ‘dubious’. The practice emerged during a legal challenge by an unaccompanied asylum seeker in France seeking reunification with his brother in the UK. (Guardian, 19 July 2018)

19 July: The Home Office announces that victims of the Windrush scandal could have compensation payments capped so that no one receives a ‘disproportionately’ high payment. (Guardian, 19 July 2018)

19 July: The EU Commission takes Hungary to the EU’s Court of Justice over its treatment of migrants and begins infringement proceedings on its new laws attacking those supporting them (the ‘Stop Soros’ package). (Politico, 19 July 2018)

19 July: Members of the Italian coastguard, including an admiral, speak out against Italy’s new hardline policy of closing ports to rescue ships. (Digital Journal, 20 July 2018)

22 July: Thousands gather in Munich to protest right-wing populism and the immigration policies of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU). (Deutsche Welle, 22 July 2018)

23 July: Twenty UK medical staff awarded medals for helping to tackle the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone hand back their medals in protest at undocumented migrants being denied free NHS care. (Guardian, 23 July 2018)

23 July: In Greece, a 20-year-old Syrian refugee hangs himself at a migrant camp in Oinofyta, north of Athens. NGOs have been warning that delays in processing claims, and cramped, unsanitary conditions are having a serious toll on the mental health of refugees. (Ekathimerini, 23 July 2018)

 23 July: In northern Greece, two migrants are killed and a third seriously injured when they are run over by a train while apparently trying to avoid the authorities by navigating along railway tracks in northern Greece. (The Times, 23 July 2018)

 24 July: The Spanish NGO Open Arms files a complaint of manslaughter against the captain of a cargo ship and the Libyan coastguard for abandoning migrants at sea. (Infomigrants, 24 July 2018)

24 July: An HM Chief Inspector of Prisons report into deportations finds that restraint belts are routinely used with little or no justification, and that people were restrained for up to seventeen hours. Download the report, Detainees under escort: Inspection of a Third Country Unit removal to France and Bulgaria, here. (Independent, 24 July 2018)

24 July: A mass walkout takes place in London’s Chinatown in protest at immigration rules restricting the numbers of chefs allowed into the UK and at increasing immigration raids, including one in which an elderly woman was injured after lying in front of an immigration van. (Guardian, 21, 24 July 2018; Migrants’ Rights Network, 31 July 2018)

24 July: The Home Office publishes: Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons: a follow-up report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw. Download it here.

24 July: The European Commission publishes a proposal to pay EU member states €6,000 per migrant to encourage governments to take in more migrants, after Italy closed its ports to recue vessels. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini says it is not enough. (Al jazeera, 24 July 2018)

25 July: Student Elin Ersson, 21, stops the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Gothenburg, Sweden, by refusing to take her seat until the man is removed from the flight.  (Guardian, 26 July 2018)

26 July: In north-west Bosnian border-towns Sarajevo and Velika Kladusa, mayors and around fifty councillors stage a protest against the state’s abandonment of migrants in makeshift camps, demanding ‘humanity for migrants and safety for citizens’. (Reuters, 26 July 2018)

26 July: Six hundred people from sub-Saharan Africa storm the barrier between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta in at attempt to reach Europe. (The Local, 26 July 2018)

28 July: An Italian prosecutor launches an investigation into twenty-two people for allegedly ‘favouring illegal immigration’ into Italy by conducting rescue operations on the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean. The charge carries a sentence of up to fifteen years in prison. (Solidarity at Sea, 29 July 2018) 

31 July: The Court of Appeal rules that the government ‘materially misled’ the High Court on the ‘unfair and unlawful’ screening process for 2,000 children seeking to enter the UK from France before and after the demolition of the Calais refugee camp in 2016, which amounted to ‘a serious breach of the duty of candour and cooperation’. (Guardian, 1 August 2018)

31 July: The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says that an Italian operation rescuing 108 people and returning them to Libya the previous day would be a violation of international law if, as NGOs claim, it happened in international waters, as the EU and the UN recognise that Libya is not safe. The Italian coastguard claim the rescue occurred in Libyan waters. (Guardian, 1 August 2018)

31 July: Musicians including Peter Gabriel and festival organisers warn that performers will refuse UK gigs after several are denied visas and are unable to perform at Womad and the Edinburgh Festival. (Guardian, 31 July 2018)

1 August: The Ministry of Justice publishes Legal aid for unaccompanied and separated children, view it here.

1 August: Bavaria opens its first ‘Ankerzentrum’, a controlled centre for holding and fast-track processing of asylum seekers who will be kept there until their right to stay is determined.  (Deutsche Welle, 1 August 2018)

2 August: No Name Kitchen, an NGO that helps migrants at the Bosnian border with Croatia, publishes a picture of a severely injured migrant who they say was beaten with plastic batons by Croatian police and kicked in the face with their boots. (Balkan Insight, 2 August 2018)

2 August: LGBT rights campaigners, performers and MPs call on British Airways, a sponsor of Brighton Pride, to stop accepting Home Office contracts for deportations, and over 50,000 people sign a petition. (Morning Star, 3 August 2018)

4 August: The Independent reveals that the Home Office is imposing non-disclosure agreements on Windrush victims in return for fast-tracking compensation payments, three weeks after home secretary Sajid Javid assures MPs no such deals will be sought. (Independent, 4 August 2018)

5 August: In the wake of widespread criticism of Donald Trump’s policies which see children separated from their parents, an Observer report reveals that, according to the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), 322 children were separated from their parents by the Home Office in the year to the end of July. (Observer, 5 August 2018)

6 August: The government of Gibraltar notifies the search and rescue ship Aquarius (operated by Médecins sans Frontières and SOS Mediterranée), stranded between Italy and Malta with 141 rescued people on board, that the ship will be stripped of its Gibraltar registration on 20 August, as its registration as a survey vessel does not permit search and rescue. Italy meanwhile demands that Britain take responsibility for the rescued migrants as the ship flies the flag of a British territory.  (Sky News, 6 August 2018)

7 August: Four refugee support charities release a report, Calais, the police harassment of volunteers, revealing over 600 incidents of harassment of volunteers in the eight months to July 2018. Download the report here. (Guardian, 8 August 2018)

8 August: A new Amnesty International (AI) report blames EU policies, particularly those of Italy and Malta, for the deaths of 721 people at sea in June and July. View the report, Between the devil and the deep blue sea, here. (Guardian, 8 August 2018)

13 August: The bodies of two Syrian refugees are recovered from a forest in Croatia. Doctors Without Borders say that more than eighty migrants have died along the Balkans Route since the start of the year. (The New Arab, 13 August 2018)

Policing and criminal justice

22 July: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announces an investigation into the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) unit after allegations of ‘serious corruption and malpractice’ including racial discrimination. Three officers are served with gross misconduct notices. (Guardian, 22 July 2018)

25 July: The IOPC releases figures on deaths in police custody revealing that at least twenty-three people died in 2017, seventeen of whom were restrained, which is the highest number in a decade. Download the IOPC report and statistics here. (Guardian, 25 July 2018)

26 July: Torson Sharp, a former police officer from Hitchin, Hertfordshire is dismissed for airing ‘racist, sexist and homophobic views’ on Facebook. He had received a verbal warning for his ‘extreme right-wing views’ when he served as a PCSO, before becoming a PC. (BBC News, 26 July 2018)

27 July: Met police officer PC Joshua Savage is cleared of assault and possession of a bladed article for an attack on Leon Fontana as he sat in his car in Kentish Town in September 2016, which was filmed and posted on social media. The officer now faces a police misconduct hearing. (Ham & High, 27 July 2018)

Anti-fascism and the far Right 

21 July: The Scottish Defence League holds a ‘free speech rally’ in Glasgow with forty supporters who are met with a large counter-protest. (Glasgow Live, 21 July 2018)

26 July: The Met police release images of nine people wanted in connection with violence at a protest in support of Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, in June, in which police officers were attacked. (Independent, 26 July 2018)

26 July: Seventeen members of the far-right ‘Identitarian Movement’ (IBÖ) in Austria are found not guilty of criminal association and hate speech in connection with several of the group’s stunts in recent years. (The Local, 26 July 2018)

28 July: A counter-protest is held in Ards as Britain First members gather for their first meeting in Northern Ireland. It is also announced that independent Belfast City councillor Jolene Bunting has left the far-right group and has been ‘proscribed’. Party leader Paul Golding is in attendance after recently being released from prison. (Belfast Telegraph, 28 July 2018)

28 July: Anti-fascists hold a counter demonstration against a rally organised by Gays Against Sharia UK and Standing for Britain in Stockton-on-Tees. (Teesside Live, 28 July 2018)

29 July: In Menton, France, on the Italian border, the youth wing of National Rally (formerly National Front) and Italy’s League hold a joint anti-immigration protest to oppose migrants ‘overwhelming’ Europe. (RFI, 29 July 2018)

30 July: In Graz, Austria, a judge acquits seventeen people connected to the far-right Identitarian movement, including co-leader Martin Sellner, of belonging to a criminal organisation and hate speech. (Vice News, 30 July 2018)

1 August: Stephen Yaxley Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, wins his appeal against a conviction for contempt of court and is released from Onley Prison pending a retrial. (Guardian, 1 August 2018)

4 August: A dozen far-right protesters, some masked or with ‘Make Britain Great Again’ caps, attack the socialist bookshop Bookmarks in central London, wrecking displays and ripping up books and magazines while chanting far-right slogans. It appears they had been attending a free speech protest. (Guardian, 5 August 2018)

10 August: The German interior ministry admits that at least 360 crimes related to glorifying the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror cell have been detected since 2011, but none have resulted in a conviction. (Deutsche Welle, 10 August 2018)

11 August: In Sweden, a member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder two journalists working for Mittmedia. (The Local, 11 August 2018)

Education 

19 July: Students at Manchester University paint over a Rudyard Kipling mural depicting the poem ‘If’ and replace it with a poem by Maya Angelou, arguing that Kipling ‘dehumanised people of colour’. (Guardian, 19 July 2018)

19 July: The Department for Education publishes data on Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2016 to 2017, view here.

27 July: Wolverhampton University is criticised for a ‘racist’ poster advertising a BSc in Public Health, with academics claiming ‘the concept is disrespectful and has undertones of colonialism, patriotism and racism’. (The Tab, 27 July 2018)

30 July: Parents at Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth, claim that racism at the school is forcing children to leave; one mother claims her 11-year-old was called a ‘n****r’ almost every day at the school and another has moved her daughter because of racist bullying. (Plymouth Herald, 30 July 2018)

1 August: A father claims that a Swindon school has failed to act after his son was racially bullied, a claim which the school denies. (This is Wiltshire, 1 August 2018)

Employment and labour exploitation

21 July: Richard Hastings wins his employment tribunal against King’s College Hospital for racial discrimination and unfair dismissal. The IT expert was sacked following an incident in the hospital car park in which he was subjected to a racist attack. (The Voice, 21 July 2018)

6 August: The High Court grants permission for the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB), a union representing many migrant workers, to challenge a refusal to allow it to negotiate directly with the University of London over outsourced workers’ pay and conditions.  The university refuses to recognise the IWGB, saying it negotiates with Unison. The government is an interested party in the case, arguing that human rights law relied on by the IWGB has no application. (Independent, 7 August 2018)

6 August: Cleaners, mostly migrant workers, picket the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at the beginning of a three-day strike demanding that outsourced contractors are obliged to pay them the London living wage of £10.20 per hour. (Guardian, 7 August 2018)

Discrimination

23 July: The Government Equalities Unit publishes the results of its consultation: Caste in Great Britain and equality law, here

4 August: In Denmark, a 28-year-old Muslim woman is the first person fined under a new law banning the wearing of full-face Islamic veils in public places. Police issue the fine after responding to an incident in a shopping centre in the region of Nordsjaelland involving another woman trying to tear the niqab off. (Guardian, 4 August 2018)

 

Housing

27 July: Italian authorities defy the European Court of Human Rights by evicting over 300 Roma from a camp on the outskirts of Rome, with no offers to rehouse them. Media reports claim some are still outside the gates of the camp with all their belongings and nowhere to go. (The Local, 27 July 2018)

27 July: Security firm and asylum housing contractor Serco announces its decision to evict up to 300 refused asylum seekers from accommodation in Glasgow on just one week’s notice, under a programme code-named Move On. (Glasgow Herald, 30 July 2018)

30 July: Research finds that homes for asylum seekers in Belfast fall below basic living standards, with reports of water leaks, damp and infestations. Read the report by the Participation and Practice of Human Rights Project: “We came here for sanctuary”: Syrian refugee familiesexperience of racism and substandard housing conditions in West Belfast here. (BBC News, 31 July 2018)

31 July: The residents of Longton’s Stockwell Grove and Kendrick Street in Stoke join together to form a residents’ association after complaints that their housing estates were rife with anti-social behaviour, with residents afraid to leave their home due to racism.  (Stoke Sentinel, 31 July 2018)

1 August: Glasgow council establishes a task force to deal with a potential humanitarian crisis if Serco makes homeless hundreds of asylum seekers in the city, while two men from Afghanistan go on hunger strike outside Home Office offices in Glasgow in protest at their impending eviction. (Guardian, BBC News, 1 August 2018)

4 August:  Following a week of protests against its proposed evictions, involving politicians, religious and civic leaders, housing associations, social workers, teachers and others and the launch of a legal challenge, Serco agrees not to evict families with children, to extend the notice period on the first six evictions and to pause further evictions. (Serco, 1 August, Politics blog, 8 August 2018)

Sport

30 July: The Football Association begins an investigation after a brawl between Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday players, with the Mansfield captain Krystian Pearce claiming he was racially abused in their pre-season friendly. (BBC News, 30 July 2018)

Media and culture

17 July: New research by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) finds that only 1 per cent of British children’s books feature a BAME main character. View the study here. (Guardian, 17 July 2018)

25 July: The Bradford Telegraph & Argus stops readers commenting on its website after ‘hate-filled, racist, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic tirades’ were added to articles, and the paper accuses extremists of using the comments function to ‘sow the seeds of division’. (Guardian, 25 July 2018)

26 July: The play Trojan Horse, based on interviews with ninety witnesses and seeking to explore the effects on teachers, pupils and parents of the allegations of radicalisation in Birmingham schools, opens in South London before a run at the Edinburgh Festival. (Guardian, 23 July 2018)

28 July: A pantomime being held at Bedworth Civic Hall is forced to changes the names of characters in Aladdin after allegations of racism. (Birmingham Mail, 28 July 2018)

1 August: Two YouTube vloggers remove a video after allegations of racism for claiming that Lewisham is dangerous and that people there made them feel ‘uncomfortable’. (Evening Standard, 1 August 2018) 

6 August: The Daily Mail removes a report claiming that the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis (population 110,000) has been ‘devastated’ by drug dealing, crime and poverty because of 300,000 undocumented migrants, after many inaccuracies are challenged. (Guardian, 6 August 2018) 

Electoral politics

17 July: Richard Alderman, an independent councillor at Rutland County Council, is referred to Leicestershire police over comments made on social media about Diane Abbott MP. (Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 18 July 2018)

30 July: Stephen Ardley, a district and county councillor, is expelled from the Conservative Party after posting offensive comments about London mayor Sadiq Khan. (Eastern Daily Press, 1 August 2018)

July/ August: Labour’s row over anti-Semitism continues, with Jewish groups, MPs and three union leaders urging the NEC to concede on adopting the full text of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association, and eminent Palestinians, lawyers and other Jewish groups fearing that its adoption would lead to the curtailment of freedom of information and of expression. (Guardian, 27, 31 July, 11 August 2018; Independent, 14 August 2018)

13 August: The Muslim Council of Britain urges the prime minister to set up a public inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party, a week after Boris Johnson compares Muslim women wearing burqas to letter-boxes and bank robbers in a Daily Telegraph article and subsequently refuses to apologise despite dozens of complaints. (Guardian, 13 August 2018) 

Violence and harassment: attacks on people

20 July: A bus driver in his 40s suffers an injury to his arm and broken glasses after he is attacked at Nuneaton bus station. (Coventry Telegraph, 23 July 2018)

23 July: Police appeal for information after a 19-year-old Polish man is ‘seriously injured’ when he is attacked and racially abused by a gang of more than ten youths in Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh. (Edinburgh Evening News, 23 July 2018)

25 July: Police appeal for information after a man is racially abused and spat at while in his car by another driver in Andover. (Andover Advertiser, 26 July 2018)

3 August: Italian anti-racist groups record twelve shootings, two murders and thirty-three assaults since far-right League party politician Matteo Salvini became interior minister. On 29 July, a Moroccan man was beaten to death Aprilia, near Rome, and in another incident in July a 13-month Roma girl is shot in the back with an airgun pellet. (Guardian, 3 August 2018)

8 August: A 50-year-old man has come forward to police following a photo appeal after a taxi driver in his 40s is allegedly racially abused and assaulted in Poole, Dorest. (Bournemouth Echo, 8 August 2018)

13 August: Police appeal for information after a man in his 40s is racially abused and assaulted inside the toilets of a pub in Hagley, Worcestershire, by a group of men aged between 20 and 24. (Express and Star, 13 August 2018)

Violence and harassment: attacks on property 

21 July: Sion Tomos Owen paints over Britain First graffiti that he spots on a watchman’s hut while driving near the Rhigos Mountain. (ITV, 23 July 2018)

23 July: Racist graffiti and swastikas are daubed on an underpass in Brighton. (The Argus, 23 July 2018)

24 July: Racist graffiti are sprayed on children’s play equipment in Tyttenhanger Green, St Albans. (Herts Advertiser, 27 July 2018)

29 Jul: A man living in East Belfast who has racist graffiti daubed on his home believes he has been wrongly targeted as Romanian families also live in the area. (Belfast Live, 29 July 2018)

29 July: A Lithuanian woman who had to rebuild her East Belfast beauty salon after a racially motivated arson attack is targeted again with racist graffiti. (Belfast Telegraph, 31 July 2018)

4 August: In north-west Romania, the home of the late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel is defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. (Guardian, 4 August 2018)

8 August: ‘No blacks’ and ‘no n******’ are among racist graffiti sprayed onto the home of a family who had just moved to Milnow, Rochdale. They say they are leaving as they don’t feel safe. (Guardian, 8 August 2018)

 

15 August: The List, a piece of artwork that lists the names of the 34,361 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach Europe, has been destroyed twice in Liverpool. The artist has decided not to install it for a third time, ‘as a reminder of this systemic violence exercised against people’. (Guardian, 1, 15 August 2018)

Violence and harassment: abuse

20 July: British Transport Police release a picture of a man wanted in connection with the racial abuse of an Asian family on a train between Leeds and Manchester on 10 June. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 20 July 2018)

20 July: A Czech family in Wigan say they have suffered constant racial abuse over the ten years they have lived there. (Wigan Today, 20 July 2018)

23 July: Police appeal for information after a have-a-go hero is racially abused after chasing a suspected shoplifter in Plymouth. (Plymouth Herald, 1 August 2018)

24 July: In a video posted online of a man and woman racially abusing a woman on a Sunderland bus is posted online, they are heard saying ‘don’t underestimate the whites’. (Chronicle Live, 24 July 2018)

27 July: In footage posted on Facebook, a man in Barnsley is filmed racially abusing a woman. (Daily Mirror, 30 July 2018)

Violence and harassment: charges

25 July: Louis Cairns, 31, is charged with causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress and criminal damage after the Chabad Student Centre in Cowley Road was attacked on 19 May. (Oxford Mail, 25 July 2018)

1 August: Neil Froggatt, 48, faces six counts of racially aggravated damage to property after allegedly posting racist stickers across London. He will face trial in November. (Court News, 1 August 2018)

Violence and harassment: convictions

18 July: Sunderland man Calvin White, 25, is given a twelve month community order after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment for sending a racist tweet to footballer Ivan Toney. (BBC News, 18 July 2018)

19 July: Sean Gormna, 18, admits the racially aggravated attempted murder of a 25-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, who was stabbed after intervening in a row involving his female cousin in an Edinburgh hostel. Sentencing is adjourned until 17 August. (Guardian, 19 July 2018)

20 July: A judge orders 70-year-old Barbara Fielding-Morriss, who twice stood as an independent candidate in Stoke-on-Trent elections, to undergo a psychiatric assessment after she was convicted of three counts of stirring up racial hatred for publishing pro-Hitler material on her website. (Guardian, 20 July 2018)

27 July: Levi Eastwood, 26, who racially abused, chased and threatened a man with a hammer in Strood, Kent, in May 2018, pleads guilty to racially aggravated common assault and is jailed for five years and three months. (Kent Online, 27 July 2018)

27 July: David Hickman, 28, and Liam Hawes, 21, who racially abused and attacked a Bangladeshi taxi driver on Boxing Day 2017 in Wallasey, Merseyside leaving him with a fractured eye, are given custodial sentences of four years and twelve months respectively. (Liverpool Echo, 27 July 2018)

1 August: Andrew Dobbin, 30, who racially abused and spat at a police officer in a ‘shocking and disgraceful’ attack in Dumbarton, January 2018, is given a one year community payback order, 180 hours of unpaid work and ordered to attend for alcohol treatment after. (Dumbarton Reporter, 1  August 2018)

7 August: Olivia Sian Harris, 22, pleads guilty to grievous bodily harm and is given a suspended forty-week sentence for throwing a glass at a man and racially abusing him at a nightclub in Swansea. (WalesOnline, 7 August 2018)

8 August: Andrew Lewis, arrested for multiple racially aggravated offences in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, is released the following day after being ordered to pay a fine of £350. (The Star, 8 August 2018)

8 August: Ryan Steer, 18, pleads guilty to racially aggravated assaults on two 16-year-old boys in Corsham, Wiltshire and is given a suspended twelve-month sentence. (Gazette and Herald, 8 August 2018)

9 August: Jonathan Jennings, 34, admits online threats intended to stir up racial hatred and is jailed for sixteen months after using a social media profile to threaten to kill ‘Muslims, Jews and members of the Labour Party’. (BBC News, 9 August 2018)

10 August: A father and son of 48 and 23, both named Jason Deathridge, admit racially abusing and attacking a taxi driver in Halesowen, West Midlands, and are given suspended jail sentences and unpaid community work. (Halesowen News, 10 August 2018)

Violence and harassment: research and statistics 

20 July: Tell Mama finds that Islamophobic attacks have increased by 26 per cent from 2016-2017, with more women being targeted. (Guardian, 20 July 2018)

25 July: Figures from the Community Security Trust reveal 727 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2018, many linked to political events. (Guardian, 26 July 2018)

30 July: Greater Manchester Combined Authority publishes a report on racial violence following the Manchester Arena bombing, finding that two-thirds of people in Manchester experienced hateful behaviour. Download the report, A Shared Future: a report of the Greater Manchester Tackling Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission, here. (Guardian, 30 July 2018)

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