- Created: Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:34
- Written by Manchester FRFI
Racially-motivated attacks are a daily occurrence in Britain, and since the 7 July London bombings have increased sharply. In many areas, minority ethnic people, especially children and the elderly, live in constant fear, some too scared to answer the door. Stones, petrol and excrement have been put through windows and doors. Muslim women and Sikhs have had hijabs and turbans forcibly pulled off in public by vigilante racists.
The state does nothing to prevent this; indeed official racism creates a climate in which freelance racists thrive. Black and Asian people, especially youth, continue to be disproportionately targeted for stop-and-search. Asylum seekers continue to be detained, deported and are soon to be electronically tagged. Section 9 of the 2004 Asylum and Immigration Act, which forces asylum seekers into destitution by removing all benefits and threatening to take children into local authority care, has begun to be implemented in pilot areas. By October around 116 families (over 400 people) are expected to have had their benefits withdrawn. Hundreds more will suffer when the scheme becomes nationwide.