SHOULD UNITE AGAINST RACIST ATTACKS
(8 July 2006)
Mayor Ken Livingstone has called on Londoners across the city to
stand up against the pockets of racism that threaten the unity of
the city, urging Londoners to join the campaign against racist attacks
in Barking and Dagenham. Since the beginning of May, there have
been a number of racist attacks in the London borough of Barking
& Dagenham. These have included violent assaults, stabbings
and racial abuse.
community organisations have also reported an increase in other
racist incidents including for-sale signs daubed with offensive
racist graffiti. The most recent attack in the borough saw a 68-year
old Sri Lankan man stabbed on 29 June.
response to community concerns, the Mayor's Office has met with
local residents, the race equality council, community organisations
and trade unions in Barking & Dagenham to hear first hand the
kinds of problems and racial harassment they have faced. Lee Jasper,
the Mayor's Director for Equalities and Policing has also met with
the Metropolitan Police Authority's London Race Hate Crime Forum
(LRHCF), which has agreed to organise a meeting with police and
council representatives to review the situation in Barking &
Ken Livingstone said: 'London needs to unite against racism wherever
it rears its head. I urge Londoners from every part of the city
to stand up against the pockets of racism that can still exist in
our city - such as the recent vicious racist attacks we have seen
in Barking and Dagenham. Londoners have an interest in protecting
the multicultural character of our city, which is central to the
future success and prosperity of our city.
racists attacks in London have now fallen every year for six years
in London, we have to redouble our efforts to stamp out racism,
such as the spate of racist attacks in Barking and Dagenham over
the last two months.
has become the leading city on earth in which economic well-being
combines with the classic definition of liberty - that provided
you do not interfere with anyone else you can lead your life entirely
in you own way.
international character had become the greatest tool for its economic
dynamism and the living standard of its whole population.
successive generation that has come here has helped to shape the
city we live in, bringing new skills, ideas and cultures that have
made us into one of the most productive and exciting places on the
racists and fascists who threaten the character of our city stand
against the interests of all Londoners, whatever race or creed.'