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Thursday 21 August 2014

Anti-racism rally to support taxi driver who feels compelled to leave Ireland after racist attack

'They have banged on my door at night and shouted ‘come out nigger. You niggers come here to take our jobs,’ German citizen told the Sunday Independent

Published 19/06/2014 | 12:28

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Happy Agamah, from Rathfarnham, examines the aftermath of the arson attempt on his apartment. Photo: David Conachy
Happy Agamah, from Rathfarnham, examines the aftermath of the arson attempt on his apartment. Photo: David Conachy

An anti-racism rally will take place in Dublin tonight in support of a foreign taxi driver who suffered a a racist attack over the weekend.

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The rally will take place in Rathfarnham Village on at 6.30pm.

Happy Agamah (63), who is a German citizen, was asleep in his ground floor apartment home in Rathfarnham, south Dublin, when thugs set fire to a fuel-soaked mattress and smashed his bedroom window. A shed outside his window caught fire and was destroyed in the blaze.

He said he is lucky to be alive after the attack and is now planning to return to Germany, where he grew up and spent 47 years of his life and worked as an engineer.

Mr. Agamah said, “I was in the bedroom when they set fire on a mattress. I have had many incidents since coming here. They have banged on my door at night and shouted ‘come out nigger. You niggers come here to take our jobs.’”

One of the organisers of the rally, Memet Uludag, said: “We are calling on all anti-racist organisations and individuals to join the rally and show solidarity with the victim."

"This is a very serious incident and nobody should live in fear because of racism."

"We cannot allow such racist attacks to force people out of their homes, their neighbourhoods and even worse, out of Ireland."

"Racism divides communities, creates an atmosphere of hate and fear, and it ruins lives. All are welcome to join this rally”

Rathfarnham People Before Profit representative John Flanagan said: "This anti-racist rally has been organised in response to a racially motivated attack which resulted in local resident Happy Agamah being burned out of his home and in fact lucky to survive the incident."

"It is very important to support this rally against racism and send a clear message that racism will not be tolerated in our communities."

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