RACISM in Scotland is a "cancer" that is getting bigger every day, it was claimed yesterday, as new figures revealed a large rise in attacks on members of ethnic- minority communities.
The number of racist crimes recorded by the police in Scotland was 6,439 in 2005-6, up 12 per cent from 5,732 the previous year and representing an average of more than 17 crimes every day.
The most extensive analysis of racism ever conducted in Scotland also found that 5,124 racist incidents, including verbal abuse and forms of discrimination, were recorded in 2005-6 - an increase of 588 (13 per cent).
Most victims, the Scottish Executive research found, were of Asian origin, the largest group being Pakistani.
Last night a leading member of Scotland's Pakistani community said racism was rife and getting worse.
Shami Khan, Edinburgh's only Asian councillor, said: "It's a cancer of society and it's getting worse day by day, especially for the Muslim community.
"These figures are just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of victims are scared and don't want to come." [Link]
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