On Saturday 1st April the BBC News at 10pm decided to cover stories on
- Landslide in Colombia
- a Nottingham woman abducting her two sons
There was no mention of the incident in Croydon which had left a child fighting for his life. Why did the BBC focus on the Nottingham abduction instead of the incident in Croydon??
On Sunday 2nd April BBC News at 10pm did carry the story.
Yesterday Stand Up To Racism organised a Unity Protest in Croydon.
I went along and met some familiar faces, including Elaine Garrod from Croydon Green Party.
Spot the difference
Chair of the local party Peter Underwood, Elaine and I were all uncomfortable about the use of the word 'FIGHT' on placards. I think 'UNITE & RESIST' would have been more appropriate
A local Kurdish speaker at the protest said that he had gone to see Reker Ahmed in hospital. Apparently, he smiled when he told him that a collection had nearly raised £50,000.
Elaine and I were interviewed by a reporter from The Canary. The article mentions a tweet by Katie Hopkins. I now appear in the same article as Katie Hopkins. Beware, I may dine out on this.
EDIT: 10th April
Prompted by the comment from 'Anonymous' below, I have done some more reading on what happened in Shirley. An article in the Financial Times discusses how different people are interpreting the attack. Was it racist? Well, one the individuals involved has been charged with 'racially aggravated grievous bodily harm' Did the fact that Reker identify himself as an asylum seeker make the difference? We will find out when the case goes to court.
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