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Racial Tensions in Bradford

on 2001/4/24 9:48:02 ( 1474 reads )

Source: The Times

BRADFORD, ENGLAND, April 20, 2001: West Yorkshire County and downtown Bradford was scene to a small riot fuelled by drunken whites who ignited the tensions between Hindus and Muslims. Apparently, a Hindu engagement party was rudely interrupted with racial slurs from a group of whites. When the trouble spilled out into the street, Muslims owning a nearby restaurant entered into the brawl which soon escalated beyond control. Starting at 7 p.m. last Sunday, the trouble was finally brought under control by the police at 2 a.m. Two pubs were fire bombed, eight people were injured, shops were plundered, and a Hindu-owned pharmacy ransacked. The city is well aware of the racial tensions which seem to prevail among Muslim youth. These immigrants live in areas of the city where unemployment is twice the national average.

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