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(en) Britain, WMA Statement on Birmingham Riots

Date Thu, 27 Oct 2005 18:50:53 +0200

West Midlands Anarchists condemn the violence metered out in the name
of racism on our streets of Birmingham. Those who attack people because
of their race are a cancer on the working class, no good can ever come
from the splitting of a vibrant working class community like that of
Handsworth down fictitious race lines. The gangs which hijacked an
alleged crime and a communities peaceful outcry have succeeded in
wrecking the certainty and the solidarity which exist between all
communities in that area. Working class communities should work together
to overcome problems, not be split by idiotic racist agitators like those
who killed an innocent man and sent many to hospital. Those who may have
carried out the attack on the girl deserve the wrath of the whole community,
if it is found to be true, innocent people should never be attacked.

The deep rooted problems which cause discontent are the same as ever,
poverty, unemployment and a poor community infrastructure. However the
council and local officials try to make out on the tv and in the papers,
Lozells, Handsworth and Perry Barr are some of the worst areas in Birmingham.

We also condemn the current policies against the movement of people, if
these policies of hatred against immigrants did not exist, the alleged
victim would have come forward by now and the violence that we saw could
have been stopped. We also condemn the spreading of lies which could of
fuelled the riots.

The working class has too many enemies for us to be fighting amongst ourselves.
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