After Romanians, Belfast racists target Indian family
The Indian Community Centre in the city of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, came under alleged racist attack at around the same time as attacks on Romanian gypsies, reports said.india Updated: Jun 27, 2009 18:34 IST
The Indian Community Centre in the city of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, came under alleged racist attack at around the same time as attacks on Romanian gypsies, reports said.
The BBC said the centre's priest and his family are now planning to move out after the June 15 attacks, which they believe was racially motivated.
In an act of violence and intimidation resembling the attacks on Romanians, a gang of youths tried to break down the door of the Indian Community Centre while the priest's wife was alone inside.
The BBC said the gang also threw stones at the building and tried to take grills off the windows to get inside.
The family said they were too afraid to speak publicly about the incident at the time.
However, Bidit Dey, who works at the centre, said police did not make any contact with the priest's wife after the attack.
"They did not actually stop by or call in to see her. This would have reassured them," he said.
Around 100 Romanian gypsies left the British province this week after their homes were similarly attacked by racists.
Although the families were moved to a church the attackers targeted also the shelter, prompting the Romanians to leave Britain.