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Huddersfield taxi drivers strike against racism

Issue No. 2012

Over 1,700 drivers went on strike last Saturday in a show of solidarity for their colleague Mohammad Parvaiz, who was killed in Golcar in Yorkshire.

The chair of Kirklees Hackney Carriage Association, Jamil Mukhtar, said, “It began at 11pm because that was the time our colleague was murdered. From 11 o’clock we pulled all the taxis and private hire vehicles from their ranks.

“It’s just to send the message that we are worried about safety and to make people aware that we play an important role in everyday life.”

He added that he hoped their action could prevent a similar atrocity happening in the future.

Taxi driver Gurmit Singh said “We are normal people trying to do a job and racism shouldn’t come into it.

“Every driver has been in a situation where their livelihood has been affected or they have been threatened by people because of the fares or because people have had too much to drink.

“It’s gone so far that it’s got out of hand and a person has died.

“The public have given us a lot of support. They sympathise with Mr Parvaiz’s family.”

The strike followed a meeting of about 300 taxi drivers at Clare Hill Community Centre last Wednesday night.

A statement urged the police and courts to “severely punish those bullies who are responsible for the death/murder of Mohammad Parvaiz”.

Six teenagers have been charged with his murder.

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Sat 5 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2012
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