Racial hate crime upsurge in Britain

The London attacks have put Britain's multicultural society under severe stress. There has been a rise in random attacks on ethnic communities, possibly fuelled by extremist politicians and tabloids, writes Dave Sambrook in London.

6th August, 2005

Four weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 people in London, the terrorist threat continues to dominate the British media.

What has changed since the arrests of those suspected of involvement in the attempted bombings of July 21 is that the focus of the discussions is no longer who did it and why, but what the implications are for the future of multiculturalism in Britain.

Commentators, politicians and religious leaders alike are questioning long-held tenets of multicultural British...

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