Showing posts with label RACE RELATIONS IN UK. Show all posts
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29 Apr 2010

British National Party (BNP),chama cha kibaguzi cha hapa Uingereza,kimetangaza kwamba kitatoa paundi 50,000 kwa kila atakayeafiki kuhama Uingereza.Akiongea katika kipindi cha 'Today' cha kituo cha redio cha BBC4,mwenyekiti wa chama hicho,Nick Griffin (pichani) alisema kuwa mpango huo ni mahsusi kwa Waingereza wasio Weupe (non-White British) na wahamiaji wengine wasio weupe (non-White migrants).

Griffin alieleza kuwa kwa mujibu wa sera ya uhamiaji ya chama chake 'milango ya Uingereza itafungwa' kwa wageni isipokuwa tu kwa wale wenye ujuzi au taaluma maalum."Aidha unazungumzia fundi bomba wa ki-Polish au mkimbizi kutoka Afghanistan,milango ya Uingereza itafungwa kwa sababu nchi hii imejaa",aliongeza kiongozi huyo mbaguzi wa rangi.

Kiongozi huyo wa BNP alitanabaisha kuwa "Idadi ya watakaozuiwa kuingia nchi hii itakuwa yoyote na kutoka popote.Milango itafunguliwa tu pale itapokidhi mahitaji wa Waingereza na Uingereza".Akitolea mfano wa utekelezaji wa sera hiyo,Griffin alisema laiti Uingereza ikiwa na mahitaji ya wataalam wa nyukia basi chama hicho kitaruhusu,kwa mfano,mwanafikizia kutoka Japan.

Alipoulizwa kama sera hiyo itaambatana na kuvunja mikataba ya kimataifa,mbaguzi huyo alijibu: "Kabisa.Mikataba ya kimataifa haikidhi mahitaji ya Uingereza na watu wake.U-kimataifa (internationalism) ni miradi ya tabaka la wanasiasa".

Kuhusu kuwataka wasio weupe kuondoka Uingereza,Griffin alisema:"Tunasema tutatoa posho ya kuhama makazi (resettlement grants) na hili ni suala la hiari .Tunazungumzia takriban pauni 50,000 kwa kwa mtu".Alipoulizwa ni watu wangapi wanaotarajiwa kuhama Uingereza kwa mujibu wa sera hiyo alisema: "180,000 kwa mwaka,kama wataondoka katika nchi hii iliyojaa kupindukia".

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24 Oct 2009

Non-whites barred from 'open' BNP meeting
Peter Dominiczak

Two senior BNP figures have been secretly filmed barring non-whites from entering one of their meetings on the day the party was forced to admit black and Asian members.

Richard Barnbrook, the BNP's representative on the London Assembly, and Bob Bailey, the party's London organiser, were filmed stopping 10 non-whites entering a branch meeting in the Eastbrook pub in Dagenham.

The meeting was on 15 October, the day the party was forced to change its constitution to allow non-white people to join.

The emergence of the new footage, shot by film-maker Heydon Prowse, the editor of Don't Panic magazine, will come as a massive embarrassment to BNP leader Nick Griffin just hours ahead of his appearance on BBC Question Time tonight.

In the film, Mr Barnbrook, a Barking and Dagenham councillor, is seen telling a group of mixed race African and Asian campaigners that the meeting is "private" before the group is told to leave. One of the campaigners, a white Swedish woman and the only non-Briton in the group, was told she could stay.

The film shows the campaigners, who had worn Nick Griffin T-shirts and were carrying their British passports, being abused outside the meeting's venue by a BNP member who says "we don't want people like you".

Mr Barnbrook claims to be "delighted" by the decision to allow non-whites despite denying the group entry to the meeting. In the footage he says: "It's a private meeting. I'm afraid the meeting inside here is closed. We're finishing."

The move is mirrored by another party official, Bob Bailey, who is later filmed admitting the party now allows non-white members to join but still refuses to let the group inside the meeting, saying "This is a members' meeting and that's it".

Some time later he says: "Our party has always been open to other people if they want to join. We've got people who are black Africans, we've got people who are from the West Indies, we've got Sri Lankans - we've got people from everywhere."

Mr Prowse said: "While Bailey was throwing us out he seemed to be aware of the fact that he couldn't appear to be discriminating against non-whites but he couldn't come up with one valid reason why we shouldn't be let in." After the group is barred, a party member confronts the group, saying: "This is my party. I don't want you in my party and it is up to us whether we decide to let you people in - people that ain't like us. Our party is being forced into a position that we do not want.

"You can belong to anything you like, but we don't want you. You are not white British."

16 Oct 2009

A black adviser to police on race issues has accused officers of 'horrendous harassment' as he revealed he has been stopped by officers more than 100 times.Ken Hinds, 50, attacked the Metropolitan police for 'racial profiling' as he revealed he had been repeatedly stopped in the past two decades.And he said other people have suffered similarly disproportionate treatment while driving, on the street and at Tube and railway stations

Mr Hinds of Edmonton, north London, sits on the force's Black Independent Advisory Group and is chairman of a monitoring group for stop and search in Haringey.
Earlier this week he won an apology and £22,000 compensation from British Transport Police (BTP) after he was handcuffed as he watched a black youth being arrested at Seven Sisters Tube station in 2004...READ MORE

8 Jul 2009

Neo-Nazis are plotting a 'spectacular' terrorist attack on Britain to fuel racial tension, Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism officers fear.

Senior officers have increased their surveillance of suspects to monitor their ability to carry out a deadly attack aimed at causing a 'breakdown in community cohesion'.

The chilling warning comes after last month's startling gains by the BNP in the local and European elections which many fear may 'embolden' violent Far-Right extremists.

Commander Shaun Sawyer, from the Met's specialist operations wing told a meeting of British Muslims last night: 'I fear that they will have a spectacular ...

'They will carry out an attack that will lead to a loss of life or injury to a community somewhere. They're not choosy about which community.'

His comments came after Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson asked officers to examine what effect the recession could have on far-right violence.

And the news mirrors similar warnings of the threat from far-right sympathisers issued in America in recent months.

While countering a threat from Islamic extremists remains the priority many officers now believe that funds need to be funnelled towards preventing a possible strike by the Far-Right.

Threat level in the UK may be downgraded, says terror chief

Despite the warning, Assistant Commissioner John Yates today warned that counter terrorism police face budget cuts.

He admitted savings must be made in two years time despite the risks posed by the looming London 2012 Olympic Games.

The senior officer, who took control of Scotland Yard's specialist operations wing three months ago, said it would be "naive" to think counter terrorism work would escape the recession.

Last weekend it was revealed that a network of suspected extremists with access to 300 weapons and 80 bombs has been uncovered by counter- terrorism detectives.

Thirty-two people were questioned by police and 22 properties were raided over an alleged plot to bomb mosques.

It was the biggest terrorist arms haul since the IRA mainland bombings in the 1990s.

Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire, said: 'The big bad wolf is still the Al-Qaeda threat.

'But my people are knocking over right-wing extremists quite regularly. We are interdicting it so that it doesn't first emerge into the public eye out of a critical incident like an explosion.'

It is more than 10 years since neo-Nazi nail bomber David Copeland attacked three targets in London in 1999.

Three people died at the Admiral Duncan gay pub in Soho.

Copeland also targeted the Muslim community in Brick Lane, east London, and a supermarket in Brixton, south London.

Abdurahman Jafar of the Muslim Safety Forum, where the concerns were raised, said:

'Muslims are the first line of victims in the extreme right's campaign of hate and division and they make no secret about that.

'Statistics show a strong correlation between the rise of racist and Islamophobic hate crime and the ascendancy of the BNP.'

Mark Gardner, of the Community Security Trust, which monitors violence against Jews, said there has been a surge in right-wing incidents.

He said: 'Ten years after the Nazi nail bombings in London, we are seeing increasing numbers of neo-Nazis being arrested in their attempts to start some kind of so-called race war.

'It is the Muslim community that appears to be most targeted, but all of society is at risk, and we are in regular discussion with police about the problem.

'Worse still, the recent electoral successes for the BNP may cause some would-be terrorists to be further emboldened in their actions.'

Last year neo-Nazi Martyn Gilleard, 31, was convicted of three terrorism offences and jailed for 16 years.

Gilleard idolised Adolf Hitler and urged sympathisers to act to preserve the 'purity of the white race'.

When police raided his flat they found bullets, swords, knives and four nail bombs under a bed used by his five-year-old child.

Officers also found DIY bomb manuals, a guide on making a sub-machine gun and internet instructions on carrying out assassinations by poison.

A speech he had recorded in a notebook mentioned 'killing Muslims, blowing up mosques and fighting back'.

No one at the Muslim Safety Forum was available for comment. The Metropolitan Police declined to comment.

Last month a white supremacist with links to the BNP shot dead a security guard at Washington's Holocaust Museum in a racially-motivated killing.

Before launching the attack, 88-year-old James von Brunn sent out an email claiming: 'It's time to kill all the Jews.'

Von Brunn was shot and wounded by museum security officers after he walked into the packed tourist attraction and began firing indiscriminately.

23 Jun 2009

The British National Party could face legal action over its 'whites only' membership policy, a watchdog said yesterday.The party could be taken to court for three counts of discriminating on grounds of colour, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission said.

If the BNP refuses to allow non-whites to join the party, it could face heavy fines, or its assets could be seized - making it almost impossible for them to fight elections effectively.

Senior party members, such as leader Nick Griffin, could even be imprisoned, if the courts so decided. The move comes two weeks after the BNP won its first seats in the European Parliament following a collapse in Labour support. The party has around 60 councillors across the country.

Their constitution says only those with 'indigenous Caucasian' racial backgrounds can become members of the party. It is believed to be the first time that race watchdogs have threatened a political party with legal action.

The commission said the party appeared to be guilty of three breaches of the Race Relations Act: not allowing non-whites to join the party, not allowing them to take jobs at the party, and not providing equal services to constituents based on the colour of their skin.

They said this amounted to discrimination on the grounds of race and colour, which is banned under the act.The EHRC called on the BNP to provide written undertakings by 20 July that it will make the required changes or it could face a legal injunction. If not they could bring a civil action against them at the High Court.
If the party still did not comply, judges could find it guilty of contempt of court, which could lead to fines or even jail for BNP leaders.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: 'This exclusion is contrary to the Race Relations Act which the party is legally obliged to comply with. The commission therefore thinks that the BNP may have acted, and be acting, illegally.

'The commission has required the BNP to provide a written undertaking that it will not discriminate contrary to the Race Relations Act in its employment and recruitment policies, procedures and practices.'

The commission said it was also concerned that the BNP's elected representatives may not intend to offer or provide services on an equal basis to all their constituents and members of the public irrespective of race or colour.

John Wadham, the Commission's legal director, said: 'The legal advice we have received indicates that the British National Party's constitution and membership criteria, employment practices and provision of services to constituents and the public may breach discrimination laws which all political parties are legally obliged to uphold.

'We await a response from the BNP to our letter before deciding what further action we may take. Litigation or enforcement action can be avoided by the BNP giving a satisfactory response to our letter.'
The commission has received around 50 calls from members of the public recently about the BNP's membership policy, although it is believed that officials were already looking into the issue.

But last night BNP leader Nick Griffin, who was elected as an MEP for the north west of England earlier this month, said the party's rules were 'entirely legal', adding: 'We are not discriminating on the grounds of colour'.

He claimed the party was an exempted organisation under the Race Relations Act, which protected organisations which represented minority groups.Mr Griffin said this meant 'ethnic groups who need special protection such as the English in their own country, who are now second class citizens' were 'entitled to discriminate on that basis and not on the grounds of colour'.

A spokesman for the BNP said: 'We are not going to respond to threats like this. We will look at it, but it is an entirely politically-motivated attack. 'I don't think we should be bullied by outside forces. They are asking us to change our whole political ideology.'

14 Jun 2009

'I don't hate or have any problem with black people other than I hope very much that they remain black people. Other than I hope their children will look as black as they are and as different and as interesting. And where it doesn't happen: it's not my business. No I haven't got a problem, so where does it come from? I don't really know'. That's NICK GRIFFIN,a racist leader of a Nazi British National Party,in an interview with the Independent On Sunday (CLICK THE LINK FOR A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW)

RELATED STORY: (In the Sunday Times) Profile: Nick Griffin.

6 Jun 2009

His experience at Chelsea shamed English football in the Eighties, when racism and violence stalked the terraces in the form of National Front skinheads.

Plucked from non-league football with Hillingdon Borough in December 1981, he made his first-team debut four months later, at the age of 20, as a substitute, away at Crystal Palace.

Looking back: Canoville recalls how he felt 'physically sick' after being subjected to racist taunts at Chelsea - by the club's own supporters

When he climbed from the bench to warm up, Chelsea supporters screamed: 'Sit down you black c***', 'You f***ing w*g, f*** off'. Then they started to chant: 'We don't want the n****r, we don't want the n****r, la la la la'. A banana landed near his feet.

'I felt physically sick,' recalls Canoville...CONTINUE

SOURCE: The Daily Mail

18 May 2009

The British National Party was accused of staging 'a cynical con' yesterday, after it was revealed that men featured on its keynote poster campaign are foreigners. One of the posters, which is being advertised up and down the country on a BNP truck, shows three men in hard-hats under the slogan 'British jobs for British workers'. But it has emerged they are in fact American models who posed for a photoshoot in the U.S....CONTINUE

5 May 2009

A senior Labour MP has prompted outrage by claiming that the Conservatives had 'prepared the ground' for a surge by the British National Party.

Former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane said the Tories''xenophobic' attacks on the EU would be to blame if the far-Right party made ground in next month's European elections...continue

1 May 2009

Richard Ford and Sean O’Neill

Black people are almost eight times as likely as whites to be stopped and searched a decade after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry branded the police “institutionally racist”.

Use of ordinary stop and search tactics in England and Wales rose sharply to more than one million in 2007-08, the highest figure since 1998.

The rise has had a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities. When Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993 black people were six times as likely to be stopped and searched as whites. By 2006/7, that had risen to seven times.

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday for stops and searches in 2007/08 under Section 44 counter-terror laws were even starker. The number of people stopped and searched tripled in a year to 117,000 but fewer than1 per cent were arrested for alleged terrorism-related offences.

There was a 322 per cent rise in black people stopped and searched, 277 per cent in Asians and 185 per cent in white people under anti-terror laws.

Civil liberty campaigners and politicians accused police of heavy-handedness and said that vastly increased use of their powers threatened to alienate large sections of the community.

Cindy Butts, who is leading the Metropolitan Police Authority’s race and faith inquiry, said that she was concerned about the “huge disproportionality” revealed by the figures.

She said: “One could argue there is a pressure-cooker situation developing. There is a sense of a number of issues that all have the potential to impact on the same groups in our community, young males from black and Asian communities — the very people who we cannot afford to switch off from the police, the very people we need to feel confident in the police.”

Stephen Lawrence’s mother, Doreen, said that she would rate progress since the inquiry report a decade ago as “work in progress, five out of ten”. She told MPs this week: “Officers do not understand the powers they have and misuse them. I don’t feel there is much accountability.”

The report comes as police struggle to retain public confidence after the G20 protests, the Damian Green affair and the resignation of the anti-terror chief Bob Quick. Last night the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced a fourth investigation linked to the G20 protests — a woman alleging that she was assaulted by officers. The commission has received 256 complaints, including 121 about the use of force by officers.

The official figures on race and the criminal justice system revealed increases in police stops and searches in relation to both ordinary and terrorist crimes. Black people were nearly eight times as likely to be stopped and searched per head of population as whites. Asians were twice as likely to be searched.

Nearly 90 per cent of the searches under counter-terror powers were carried out in London by the Metropolitan Police. Vernon Coaker, the Police Minister, said that the increase in anti-terror stops and searches was in part linked to the failed bombings in Haymarket. London, in 2007.

Civil liberties campaigners accused the police of abusing the counter- terror law because they do not need to have “reasonable suspicion” before stopping a person.

Corinna Ferguson, a barrister with the campaign group Liberty, said: “A threefold increase in anti-terror stop and search is the clearest signal that these powers are being misused.”

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said that the figures accent- uated concerns that the powers disproportionately affect members of the minority ethnic community.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the use of Section 44 was under review and stressed that people from ethnic minority groups were not a focus of stop and search operations. “Terrorists can come from all backgrounds,” he said.

SOURCE: The Times

13 Nov 2008

They lecture the rest of us on the evils of discrimination in the workplace. But those in charge of the Equality and Human Rights Commission don't seem to be following their own advice. 

Female staff at the superquango are paid less than the men, it was revealed yesterday. The gap between the average pay of the sexes runs at more than 15 per cent, figures given to MPs showed. 

They mean that a typical female employee of the £70million-a-year equality body gets £85 a week less than a typical male worker. 

The organisation also pays its white staff more than blacks, by a margin of more than 6 per cent, and able-bodied employees more than disabled workers. 

The commission, headed by Labour activist Trevor Phillips, has been scathing about the shortcomings of other employers when it comes to women's pay. 

In September it published a report accusing bosses of being wedded to old-fashioned ways of working that are unfair to women. 

The pay gap between men and women in the workforce in general, in terms of average hourly earnings, is 17.2 per cent. 

It was this figure which led one of the commission's governors, Margaret Prosser, to declare that full-time women workers 'are cheated of £330,000 over the course of their lifetime'. 

Equalities minister Maria Eagle told MPs that the commission's salary figures covered the average of total earnings and did not take into account the effects of part-time working. 

She said no figures for hourly rates of pay were available because the commission was still 'harmonising' pay rates inherited from the equality quangos it took over last year. 

She said: 'These new rates have now been agreed with trade unions and staff have been consulted. It is expected that these new arrangements will be implemented shortly.' 

The commission, which started work in October last year, employed 518 staff this spring. It pays its male employees an average of £33,366.96. 

The average salary for its women staff is £28,920.48, an amount £4,446.48 or 15.4 per cent lower. 

The figures compare with average pay of £23,750 for all workers, men and women, in the economy as a whole. 

Black and ethnic minority staff at the commission average £29,035.12, or 6.1 per cent below the £30,803.91 average paid to white employees. Disabled staff get an average of £29,784.07, which is 2.7 per cent below the £30,598.81 average paid to able-bodied employees. 

The figures provoked outrage among critics of the commission. Tory MP Philip Davies, whose parliamentary question drew the details from ministers, said: 'Given that this organisation is always banging on about the faults of employers, it is astonishing to find that it is paying men more than women. 

'To lecture everybody else about doing something they can't do themselves is hypocrisy beyond belief.' 

He added: 'Since their top man is black, there must be real discrepancies lower down in the organisation for them to end up paying blacks less than whites.' 

Ruth Lea, economic adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group, said: 'This is a reality check. If the commission is paying its male staff more on average than it pays to its female staff, it must think they are worth more on average. It is one of life's little ironies.' 

SOURCE: Daily Mail

12 Nov 2008

A BBC Radio presenter has been sacked following a 'racist' call to a taxi firm, in which she requested a 'non-Asian' driver.

Sam Mason told the operator that 'a guy with a turban would freak her daughter out' insisting they send an English driver instead.

The ex-glamour girl, 40, called the firm to order a taxi for her 14-year-old daughter off-air, while presenting her BBC Bristol radio show.

After the operator branded her request 'racist', Mason insisted, claiming it wasn't the first time she had made the request.

She said: 'A guy with a turban is going to freak her out. She's not used to Asians.'
When the operator said it would not be possible to carry out her wishes, she said: 'You've managed it before.'

Mason, who has previously battled alcohol addiction, claimed she wasn't racist but insisted she was looking out for her daughter's interest.

Mason said: 'If it were me I wouldn't care if it had two heads, but it's my little girl we are talking about.'

After the operator refused to book a car, Mason complained before hanging up.

The operator said: 'We would class that as being racist. We can't just penalise the Asian drivers and just send an English one.'

She later called back before a manager accepted the booking.

Mason said: 'I work at the BBC. I'm far from racist and that uneducated woman has no right to call me one.'

The BBC were alerted to the conversation after it was recorded and sent to the Sun newspaper. 
The mother-of-one was subsequently suspended and fired 24 hours later.

A BBC spokesman said: 'Although Sam Mason's remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable and, for that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect.'

SOURCE: Daily Mail

15 Oct 2008

Black police officer 'wore traditional African robe to work in protest over dress code'

Last updated at 5:11 PM on 14th October 2008

Paul Bailey

Detective Constable Paul Bailey was found guilty of wearing an African robe, arguing with a senior officer and disputing his appraisal at a tribunal

A black policeman wore a traditional African robe to work after an argument over the force's dress code.

Unhappy with wearing a necktie to work, Detective Constable Paul Bailey, 39, decided to don the traditional robe.

His bizarre protest came after a number of disputes with senior officers over his behaviour and attitude on the force.

After a disgreement over his work appraisal, the detective accused five senior officers at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) of racial discrimination.

A full investigation in his claims was launched by the neighbouring West Yorkshire Police but his complaint was later found to be unsubstantiated.

But senior officers then launched a two-year inquiry into the behaviour of the detective which ended in a tribunal last week.

Following the hearing he was found guilty of wearing the robe, arguing with a senior officer over the force policy on neck ties, disputing his appraisal in an unprofessional way and appearing to look disinterested during briefings.

The panel found the incidents represented a 'continuing course of conduct' and that over a long period of time his 'behaviour was unacceptable'. But the panel ruled he should not face any disciplinary action.   

Mr Bailey, 39, who has been an officer for 18 years and has several commendations for his work, denied the claims.

Last night the Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA) said the investigation had only been launched because the detective had made an unsuccessful complaint of racial discrimination against the force.

African robe

A traditional African robe similar to the one Detective Constable Paul Bailey wore in protest against the force's dress code

Mr Crichlow from BAPA said: 'Paul Bailey has been victimised because he has made a complaint.

'He raised an issue to try to help the force and as a result they try to shoot him down in flames.

'There will have to be a health warning on GMP's equal opportunities policy. It is dead in the water and not worth the paper it is written on.

'If somebody comes to me for advice about what to do about an issue of concern I will have to tell them, you can make a complaint, but I can't guarantee you won't be victimised as a result.

'It means people will be very reluctant to raise issues of concern in the future.'

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: 'The individual made a complaint of racism which was independently investigated by West Yorkshire Police. 

'The force found no evidence of racism, but advised that GMP should consider taking action against the officer for breaches of the police code of conduct.

'We took further independent advice and considered the issues against force policy before deciding the most appropriate action was to proceed to a misconduct tribunal.  

'The panel found that the officer had breached misconduct rules on four occasions but decided that no sanctions should be taken against the individual. 

'Consideration was taken of the length of time between the complaints and the hearing, and the fact that the officer's performance was reported to have improved.'

Mr Bailey has taken legal advice and is taking the force to a employment tribunal on the grounds of racial discrimination.

Mr Sweeney said: 'As we are aware there is an employment tribunal pending, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.'

Mr Bailey refused to comment.

The Met Police is mired in controversy and infighting after the country's top Asian policeman Tarique Ghaffur, was put on gardening leave and another senior ethnic minority officer, Commander Ali Dizaei, was suspended last month over misconduct allegations.

The Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair was forced to step down after Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said he had no confidence in him.

Source: Daily Mail


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