American Renaissance

Multicultural Festival Ends In Punch-Ups

AR Articles on Multiculturalism and Diversity
Multicultural Hell Comes to America (Jan. 2002)
Let’s Hate America (Jan. 2001)
The Rainbow Menace (Apr. 1998)
The Religion of Anti-Racism (Apr. 1999)
The Myth of Diversity (Jul. 1997)
Search for Multiculturalism and Diversity
More news stories on Multiculturalism and Diversity
David Sapsted, Telegraph (UK), Jul. 27

A festival to celebrate a city’s multiculturalism ended with rival ethnic groups involved in running street battles.

The East of England Anand Mela festival was organised by the Indian community in Peterborough to demonstrate its culture, music and food. But about 90 Pakistani and Iraqi youths exchanged blows and hurled chairs on Saturday night.

When police broke up the battle, clashes continued in the city centre. Further fights broke out on Sunday. Police brought in reinforcements from other parts of Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Tensions in the city have been running high between the long-established Pakistani community and recent immigrants from Iraq, mostly Kurds.

Jayshree Mehta, the festival organiser, described the trouble as “a scuffle”. She said: “Fireworks were displayed afterwards and it was a lovely day.”

Original article

(Posted on July 28, 2004)

     Previous story       Next Story       Post a Comment      Search


Home      Top      Previous story       Next Story      Search

Post a Comment

Commenting guidelines: We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. Statements of fact and well-considered opinion are welcome, but we will not post comments that include obscenities or insults, whether of groups or individuals. We reserve the right to hold our critics to lower standards.

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)