No place for racism in Manchester

Tony Lloyd, Labour candidate from Rochdale

Greater Manchester Police have arrested three people in connection with an alleged racist attack on a city tram. Video footage of the incident has gone viral and caused outrage across the nation. It shows the thugs showering verbal abuse on former US soldier Juan Jasso….reports Asian Lite News

Manchester Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd
Manchester Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd

Meanwhile police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd, interim mayor of Manchester, condemned the rise in racial attacks after the EU referendum.

“People across Greater Manchester will condemn racist attacks which have been reported in different parts of the country in the wake of the EU Referendum result,” Mr Lloyd said. “While Greater Manchester Police have not seen an increase in reports of hate crime over the weekend, we are now starting to hear stories of people being abused because of their race, religion or nationality. There is no room in Greater Manchester for hatred and division. We have worked hard, together, to build strong, cohesive, and welcoming communities. I encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it.

“Hate crime has no place in our society. The overwhelming majority of British people stand together against hatred and prejudice. These acts of racism are not in our name and will not be tolerated,” he added.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Ours is a city which has always welcomed non-native Mancunians and respected the contribution they make to our economy, our public services – especially the NHS, in which many work – and the general vibrancy of the city.

“The people who are most definitely not welcome are the racists and thugs who do not abide by the values of this great city and make no positive contribution.

“Manchester remains an inclusive, international city and we will not tolerate any abuse of people from different national, ethnic or religious backgrounds. We will work closely with Greater Manchester Police to ensure our communities continue to feel safe and that those who spout poison are brought to justice and appropriately punished.

“Whilst sadly there has been an increase in hate crime incidents taking place in the wake of the referendum result, I know that the majority of those who voted Leave are not racist bigots. Although they might have legitimate concerns about a changing world which have to be addressed by building an economically and socially inclusive city and I’m they will join with me and all other ordinary, decent people in condemning the actions of those who would spread hate.

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