West Midlands police have made more arrests in connection with Isiah Young-Sam’s murder.
A further two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a serious assault. The men aged 24 and 23 both from Birmingham were arrested yesterday (Fri 28 Oct). The three men arrested previously aged 22, 22 and 25 remain in police custody for further detention.
In total five men have now been arrested in connection with the stabbing and a serious assault in Lozells.
This weekend the police have 600 officers patrolling the area to make sure no more violence breaks out, and the pirate radio station which broadcasted the rumour of the young girl being raped has voluntarily shut down.
On Wednesday evening I was invited to a panel discussion, along with a Ligali representatitve, on the Pakistani channel PTV Prime. You can hear the show from here.
Meanwhile Ligali says Asians were posing as Africans to write racist comments that could be published by the media. Yeah sure.
However, some media outlets refuse to try and defuse the tension, preferring instead to regurgitate rumours and keep talking about boycotting Asian shops. This is the editorial from The Voice newspaper.
It’s time to vote with our money
The news that a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by 19 Asian men has sent shockwaves through the black community in Birmingham and nationwide.
While it is always our policy to nurture good relationships and promote racial harmony with other communities, minority or otherwise, there are times when it is necessary for us to first unite and fight against any injustice perpetrated against our own community.
If it is indeed the case that a blatant and brutal criminal act has been perpetrated against one of ours we should not be blind, deaf and dumb to it. Justice needs to be served. Therefore we urge anyone who knows the victim to come forward to enable this to happen.
Itâ€™s time to wake up and smell the coffee. We need to respect, support and empower our community in the first instance. We should not tolerate disrespect, regardless of whether we need to buy that lottery ticket, that curry, or that hair product.
For those of you whoâ€™ve written in to complain about being treated with disrespect and suspicion whenever you enter certain Asian-owned or run shops, we ask why then do you continue to give your patronage to these shops?
They rely and depend on us for the success of their businesses and blindly we continue to spend our hard-earned bucks in shops where we are treated in a
derogatory manner. Itâ€™s time to reassess our priorities as a community and to send a clear message to those who would dare that we will not tolerate this type of violation in the community.
Yeah, great one guys. Because only Asians are guilty of racism.
In fact the newspaper’s news stories are much worse, with the front page headline aggressively asserting: “Gang of 19 Rape Teen”. Who cares about the facts when there is an axe to grind?
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