Monday, April 04, 2005

Racism in British-ruled "Ulster"

Daily Ireland:

In 2002 the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) published a report entitled Race and Racism in Northern Ireland: A Review of the Research Evidence.

This report stated that the issue of ‘race relations' in the North had emerged from almost complete obscurity to one of considerable legislative and political concern during the post-ceasefires period.

Many of the attacks on ethnic minorities in the North, particularly against the Chinese community, have been orchestrated by loyalist paramilitaries who have close links with far right groups such as Combat 18 and the White Nationalist Party.
The attacks include verbal abuse, pipe bombs, arson, white supremacist leaflets nailed to doors, swastikas and racist graffiti on walls. But many go unreported.
One Belfast estate agent, who had ten tenants forced out of their homes within 12 months, claimed he had been approached by loyalist paramilitaries warning him not to rent houses to “Chinese, Blacks or Asians".

The British National Party (BNP) is attempting to capitalise on the situation and has announced it is to field candidates in the 2005 Belfast council elections.

The question is why does so much of the mainstream media focus on the Provisional IRA and yet ignore the racist violence being perpetrated by British loyalists?


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