New hate crime record after racial attacks rocket during BLM protests

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Hate crime has set a new record after racially motivated incidents during the Black Lives Matter protests and a far-right backlash.

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Police registered more than 124,000 hate crimes across England and Wales as of March, three-quarters of which were racial.

A Home Office report published Tuesday said there has been an improvement in the way police register crimes, but there has also been a “short-term real increase in hate crime after some trigger events.”


It added: “The EU referendum in June 2016 and the terrorist attacks in 2017 saw an increase in hate crime. Hate crimes from the public order from the public order during the summer of 2020 after widespread Black Lives Matter protests and far-right There was also an increase in protests.”

The death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in the US in May 2020, triggered massive protests in London and towns and cities across the UK.

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In response, some far-right groups chanted “white lives matter” and held protests, which led to clashes.

The vandalism of statues linked to slavery and colonialism during some Black Lives Matter protests sparked rallies by people claiming to protect monuments, including an attack on police in London in June 2020.

More than 92,000 racial hate crimes were recorded in the year (74 percent of all hate crimes), as well as 18,500 were driven by sexual orientation (15 percent), 9,943 disabilities (8 percent), 6,377 were driven by religion (5 percent). and 2,799 transgender (2 percent).

The total number of hate crimes increased by 9 percent over the previous year, a record in itself.

But only 10 percent of all hate crimes result in a trial, statistics show, and a suspect is not identified by the police in a quarter of cases.

Statistics show racial hate crimes during 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and counter-protests

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Statistics show racial hate crimes during 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and counter-protests

Labor said the figures “should be a wake-up call for immediate change”.

The Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said: “The embarrassingly small number of criminals being brought to justice shows how damaging Tory police cuts have been, allowing despicable criminals to escape justice again. is permitted.

“The backlash against those who stand up to racial injustice shows how far we have to go as a country to defeat hate.”

The Race Equality Foundation said the figures “paint a bleak picture for equality in the UK”.

Chief Executive Jabir Butt OBE said: “The fact that nearly three quarters of hate crimes were racially motivated shows just how far to go towards building a society that is truly tolerant and racist.

“It is quite clear that many people still face horrific attacks simply because of who they are. The government’s hate crime action plan has clearly fallen short and is urgently needed to be revisited. need to.”

The largest proportionate increase was a 12 percent increase in hate crime race, while hate crimes from disability increased by 9 percent, hate crimes from sexual orientation by 7 percent, and hate crimes from transgender identity increased by 3 percent.


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