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Anti-racism round up

Issue No. 2573

Imam injured in brutal attack

An imam was stabbed in the neck outside a mosque in Greater Manchester last Sunday. Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and have arrested two men.

Dr Nasser Kurdy, a surgeon, was arriving for evening prayers when he was stabbed from behind. His colleague Dr Khalid Anis said there were “abusive comments” made towards Nasser before the attack.

Greater Manchester Police said anti-Muslim hate crime soared by over 500 percent in the month following the terror attack in the city in May. Islamophobia has been driven from the top.

Following the London Bridge attacks in June, Theresa May declared that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism” in Britain.

Glasgow vigil for Dungavel death

Protesters gathered for an emergency vigil at the Home Office building in Glasgow last Saturday. It follows the death of a Chinese inmate in the Dungavel detention centre on Wednesday of last week.

Martin Field from We Will Rise said, “We need answers from the Home Office. Why did the man die? Why are detention centres still open despite constant abuse, deaths and inhumane conditions?”

Protesters called for Dungavel to be closed.

Four people living in detention centres are known to have died so far this year.

A Polish man died in hospital on 7 September after self-harming at Harmondsworth detention centre in west London.

Tories abandon refugee children

Up to 60 unaccompanied refugee children who should have come to Britain under the Dubs scheme have been abandoned in Greece.

Labour peer Alf Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 committed Britain to taking in children. But the Tories have ignored it.

The children had been identified as provisionally eligible for the scheme this time last year, but have heard nothing since.

The scheme was supposed to see 3,000 children into Britain. Last year just 200 came. Charity workers say some 2,400 unaccompanied refugee children are currently living in Greece, and fewer than half are in official shelters.

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