Cam­paign urges us all to com­bat hate in our city


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By JON PRITCHARD

A MUS­LIM woman who was racially abused in Nottingham has backed a cam­paign urg­ing passers-by to stand up to hate crime.

Zaynab As­ghar, was stand­ing out­side her lo­cal phar­macy in Snein­ton when she was told to “go home” by a man.

She has spo­ken out about her ordeal ahead of Na­tional Hate Crime Aware­ness Week.

A cam­paign urg­ing by­standers to in­ter­vene if they see some­one be­ing abused is be­ing held as part of the aware­ness week, which starts to­day.

The 39-year-old fea­tures in a video as part of the pro­ject, which is run by so­cial en­ter­prise com­pany Com­mu­ni­ties Inc and sup­ported by Nottingham City Coun­cil.

In the video, she said: “I was wait­ing for a pre­scrip­tion and an old man started shout­ing at me and told me to go home, and he told me I wasn’t wel­come in the coun­try be­cause of the way I dressed.

“It made me feel a lit­tle bit in­tim­i­dated and scared to start off with, but then I started to feel an­gry and a bit up­set be­cause I hadn’t done any­thing wrong and I was just be­ing tar­geted be­cause of the way I was dressed. “I think it would have been nice if some­body spoke to him. He may de­cide to think twice be­fore do­ing that to an­other per­son.” Shamsher Cho­han, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ties Inc, said: “Through the videos we wanted to make peo­ple aware that even small hate in­ci­dents have a huge im­pact on vic­tims. We also wanted them to know that there are safe and sim­ple things you can do that dis­rupt and counter the in­ci­dent and also sup­port the vic­tim.” Coun­cil­lor Toby Neal said: “Nottingham is a great place to live with vi­brant, di­verse com­mu­ni­ties. We are proud of this di­ver­sity and of the spirit of our com­mu­ni­ties and cit­i­zens. We be­lieve that we have more in com­mon than that di­vides us and that our dif­fer­ences are to be cel­e­brated. We want to send out a strong mes­sage that there is No Place For Hate in Nottingham and we in­vite ev­ery­one to join us.” A spokes­woman for Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice said: “We would never en­cour­age peo­ple to put them­selves in dan­ger and, if they are con­cerned about some­thing, to re­port it to us on 101.”

We want to send out a strong mes­sage that there is No Place For Hate in Nottingham.

Coun­cil­lor Toby Neal

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