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RACIAL ABUSE ON THE INCREASE IN SCOTLAND

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Central Scotland recorded the highest rate of racial incidents in Britain, according to figures which also identifi...
Central Scotland recorded the highest rate of racial incidents in Britain, according to figures which also identified an overall rise of 20% throughout Scotland.

The Scotsman (p5) reports that the Commission for Racial Equality recorded 464 incidents in 1998, up from 386 in 1997. Black and Asian people accounted for 75% of the victims, while 5% were English.

The figures, issued yesterday at the publication of the CRE's annual report in Edinburgh, showed that nearly two-thirds of the victims of harassment were male.

Moussa Jogee, deputy chairman of the CRE, said that there should be no doubt that racism was an issue in Scotland that had not been properly addressed.

'Institutional racism has never stopped at the border. To ignore it or to adopt half-hearted responses is to hide behind the numbers game which in essense blames ethnic minority communities for the racism which blights many people's lives,' he said.
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