Sunday 21 January 2018

Five-fold rise in serious racist incidents

FIVE serious racist incidents are being committed every week in Ireland.

Discrimination, verbal harassment and attacks on family homes were recorded, a study for the Immigrant Council of Ireland showed, and the frequency of reports is five times greater than last year.

Most incidents happened at work, on the internet or while accessing official services, and mainly involved people from Africa, the organisation said.

Chief executive Denise Charlton warned: "It is clear that racism can happen in any place, with people feeling vulnerable at work, online and most alarmingly in their own homes."

A total of 50 serious racist incidents have been reported in the 10 weeks since the launch of a major awareness campaign.

Irish Independent

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