New figures of hate crime in Cardiff

More than eighty incidents of hate crimes have been reported in Cardiff in the first two months of January and February alone. Only last weekend, Neo-Nazi messages were reported in Grangetown.

Camera and Video Editing Courtesy: YINGJUN ZHU

The South Wales Police has released new numbers where it shows that hate crimes continue to be a cause of worry among people in the city.

And a report by the Welsh Government said that there was close to a 23% increase in the number of hate crimes that were reported across Wales in the year of 2016-17. But local Grangetown councillor, Ashley Lister believes this indicates that more and more people are standing up against such incidents and reporting them.

Over the week, such racist messages were daubed on the buildings and store-fronts in Grangetown. But the councillor believes that this is a “single isolated event and has no place in Grangetown or Cardiff.”

Image: Nazi graffiti in Grangetown

Nazi graffiti in Grangetown. Photo Credits: CNP

The graffiti was immediately cleansed with the help of the Council. The overnight appearance of these messages were brought to notice by Greg Pycroft, a resident of Grangetown. “I was on my way to drop my kids to the nursery when I first saw them and reported to the councillor.”

Grangetown is probably one of the most multi-cultural areas in the city with residents from various Asian and African backgrounds. This kind of an attack especially worried some of the local Muslims who believe that they are easy targets in an anti-Islam environment. Tara Ciccone, an Italian citizen is married to a Muslim and finds this kind of behaviour absolutely “abhorrent”.

“I feel scared walking alone at nights. I mean people have no concept of Islam whatsoever and they look at my hijab and call me a terrorist” she said.

Image: A local Muslim woman at the anti-racist march

A local Muslim woman at the anti-racist march Photo Credits: CNP

But local residents are determined not to let such incidents create divisions in the society. Mr. Pycroft said, “People are far more likely to pull themselves together. Grangetown has been a diverse melting pot of people for it’s entire history now.”

Over the weekend an anti-racism march was organised in Cardiff  that started from Grange Gardens. People from different ethnic backgrounds marched to the slogan “Say it loud and say it clear, refugees are welcome here”. They braved the arctic weather to show their solidarity against the neo-Nazi messages.

This solidarity was reflected among the hundreds of people who showed up for the anti-racism march organised over the weekend despite the biting cold. These residents carried placards to voice their protest against the growing anti-semitism, Islamophobia and bigotry.

Image: A local protester holding anti-Trump protests

A local protester holding anti-Trump protests Photo Credits: CNP

Anti-racism marches have been organised across different cities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester among others in London.



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