Published July 5, 2016 at 13:17
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s firm stance against hate crime will be reinforced at the next Council Forum meeting on Thursday, July 21.
Council leader, Mohammed Khan has proposed a special motion following national concerns about community cohesion following the European Referendum last month.
The motion is designed as another show of solidarity against any type of hate crime whether based on race, religion or sexual orientation. It follows a vigil outside Blackburn Town Hall during which people gathered to hear speeches and observe a two minute silence for victims of hate crime.
He said: “We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crime have no place in our country.
“Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crime unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.
“Blackburn with Darwen Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have the support needed to fight and prevent racism and we reassure all people living in Blackburn with Darwen that they are valued members of our community.”