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Attackers use racial abuse in Rotherham assault

Issue No. 2509

A street in Rotherham

A street in Rotherham (Pic: Guy Smallman)


A violent assault was carried out against an Afghan taxi driver in a suspected racist attack in Rotherham last week.

The assault on the 28 year old man took place in the Swinton area of the South Yorkshire town at 12.40 am on 14 June.

The victim was racially abused and says he was attacked for “being a Muslim”.

It is believed four men assaulted him after he picked them up outside a pub.

One allegedly said, “When you come to our country, do what we say.”

The attack took place in the vehicle of the taxi driver and he was found unconscious on the road. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Police arrested two men.

Racist attacks have been on the rise in Rotherham following a series of Nazi demonstrations.

Fascists have tried to use a sexual exploitation scandal to whip up racism.

Last August an 81 year old man, Mushin Ahmed, was beaten to death in a racist murder.

Anti-fascists in Rotherham will protest against the Islamophobic Pegida group on Saturday 30 July. The UAF protest will assemble in Rotherham from 12 noon.

Unite Against Fascism has called a protest against a planned demonstration by the Nazi English Defence League on Saturday 16 July in London. Go to bit.ly/28JpCNh

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