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Anti-racism protesters chant ‘love football, hate racism’ outside Downing Street

More than 100 protesters chant ‘love football, hate racism’ outside Downing Street as they hold demo in support of England’s black footballers who suffered racist abuse after Euro 2020 final

  • Protesters chant and take the knee in front of Downing Street today in solidarity with England football players
  • Chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ ring out as demonstrators raise their fists and hold anti-racism placards aloft
  • Gathered group also heard from speakers including Labour’s former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott
  • Police have arrested five men after England footballers were targeted with hundreds of offensive posts

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More than 100 protesters chanted ‘love football, hate racism’ and took the knee in front of Downing Street today in solidarity with England football players who were racially abused after the Euro 2020 final.

Chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ also rang out in London as the gathered demonstrators raised their fists and held anti-racism placards aloft, and heard from speakers including former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. 

Nearly a week after England’s defeat to Italy at Wembley, the Labour politician told the group: ‘The Government wants to have its cake and eat it… (Home Secretary) Priti Patel called taking the knee gesture politics.

‘I’ll tell you what gesture politics is, it’s condemning the England players throughout the tournament and then putting on an England shirt in the semi-finals.’  

Referring to England footballers’ responses on Twitter, and echoing Bjorge Lillelien’s famous commentary line in 1981, she said: ‘Boris Johnson, your boys took a hell of a beating.’ 

It comes after the Prime Minister went to the Euro 2020 semi-final wearing his Three Lions shirt with ‘Boris 10’ on the back, while Ms Patel was pictured in an England shirt with appeared to have creases on the sleeve – causing eagle-eyed social media users to claim she had taken the jersey straight out of the packaging.

Diane Abbott (centre right) with protestors during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street today

Diane Abbott (centre right) with protestors during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street today

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street this afternoon

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street this afternoon

People during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street in London this afternoon

People during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street in London this afternoon

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

This afternoon, the gathered protesters took the knee in front of Downing Street after crossing Whitehall. 

Marcus Rashford and his teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, who all missed penalties on Sunday, were targeted with racist abuse on social media after Sunday’s game.

Earlier this week, 19-year-old Saka told social media giants they ‘are not doing enough’ to stop racists on their platforms. 

He encouraged users to continue reporting comments to the police, but vowed not to let the negativity ‘break’ him, adding that ‘love always wins’.

The Arsenal star said: ‘To the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me, Marcus and Jadon have received this week. It is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.’ 

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage an anti-racism  protest against Downing Street in London this afternoon

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage an anti-racism  protest against Downing Street in London this afternoon

Labour MP Diane Abbott (centre) joins demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism in London this afternoon

Labour MP Diane Abbott (centre) joins demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism in London this afternoon

A protester holds a placard as she takes part in a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group in London today

A protester holds a placard as she takes part in a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group in London today

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage a protest outside Downing Street this afternoon as they hold placards

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage a protest outside Downing Street this afternoon as they hold placards

Police have arrested five men after the players were targeted with hundreds of offensive posts. 

It comes as a former Metropolitan Police chief defended officers today following ugly scenes at the Euro 2020 final, but said the incident was ‘a stain on our country’s reputation’.

Hundreds of ticketless fans stormed the stadium last Sunday in an attempt to watch the historic match between England and Italy, pushing past stewards and security.

Former Met deputy assistant commissioner Andy Trotter said the behaviour was ‘disgusting’ but it was ‘simplistic’ to solely blame the police.

‘It was disgusting behaviour by fans and it does bring shame on our country,’ he told Times Radio. ‘When one reads through the accounts… there’s a whole catalogue of issues that need to be addressed.

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism take part in a protest in London today after the England players suffered racist abuse

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism take part in a protest in London today after the England players suffered racist abuse

Labour MP Diane Abbott joins a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

Labour MP Diane Abbott joins a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

A St. George's flag seen on the floor at the Stand Up To Racism demonstration in London this afternoon

A St. George’s flag seen on the floor at the Stand Up To Racism demonstration in London this afternoon

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage a protest in London this afternoon

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism stage a protest in London this afternoon

‘I think just to pin it on the police is a bit simplistic because quite clearly there were failings everywhere. 

‘(But) I’m not trying to defend anyone here because it was an awful, awful event and a real stain on our country’s reputation.’

Mr Trotter said features of the game, such as the 8pm kick-off time on a Sunday, had allowed fans to drink all day and become ‘insensible’.

‘Most football matches go ahead with a degree of drunkenness… but alcohol is a major, major problem,’ he said. 

Demonstrators attend a Stand Up to Racism rally outside Downing Street today as they hold placards

Demonstrators attend a Stand Up to Racism rally outside Downing Street today as they hold placards

Labour MP Diane Abbott signs a man's shirt during a Stand Up to Racism rally outside Downing Street this afternoon

Labour MP Diane Abbott signs a man’s shirt during a Stand Up to Racism rally outside Downing Street this afternoon

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism take part in the protest in London this afternoon

Demonstrators from Stand Up To Racism take part in the protest in London this afternoon

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

People take a knee during a demonstration organised by the Stand Up To Racism group outside Downing Street today

‘Those people performing last Sunday are the same ones that perform in every town centre across this country on a hot Saturday night.

‘Tonight, all over the country those same people will be out getting drunk, getting drugged up and causing huge amounts of problems.’

By July 13, 897 football-related incidents and 264 arrests had been recorded across the country in the 24-hour period surrounding the final, according to the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit. 

It took the number of football-related incidents during the tournament to 2,344, and arrests to 630.

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Jadon Sancho fires back against online racist abuse and says ‘hate will never win’

In an Instagram post to his 6.4 million followers, the Borussia Dortmund winger said: “I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new”. The 21-year-old added: “As a society, we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.

“Hate will never win.”

Sancho, who will join Manchester United this summer in a £73million move, praised the achievements of Gareth Southgate’s side.

He said: “I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.

“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger.”

The post was warmly received by Sancho’s followers.

One Instagram user replied: “Keep your chin up, made the whole country proud”.

Marcus Rashford said in response to social media abuse: “I will never apologise for who I am.”

He said he has been “overwhelmed” messages of support left at a vandalised mural of the Manchester United forward.

READ MORE: PMQs LIVE: Boris faces backlash after Tory MPs shame footballers

The Leader of the Opposition accused Johnson of giving racism the “green light” and stoking a “culture war” over the decision taken by Southgate’s squad to take the knee before their Euro 2020 matches.

The Prime Minister met with representatives from large social media companies, including Instagram and Twitter, on Tuesday to discuss how to tackle abuse on their platforms.

Johnson said he “made it absolutely clear to them that we will legislate to address this problem in the Online Harms Bill” and suggested they could face fines of up to 10 percent of their global revenues if they fail to get hate and racism off of their platforms.

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Goodbye Windows 10! Microsoft to reveal Windows 11 tomorrow but fans already hate it

Microsoft will say a fond farewell to Windows 10 tomorrow as it ushers in its all-new Windows 11 upgrade. The Redmond firm is expected to reveal all during a major keynote with a leak already confirming that Windows 11 will be the star of the show. As spotted by the team at Windows Latest it appears that Microsft accidentally published a new support document showing the Windows 11 name.

We also know that that Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows 10 in 2025 which clearly shows it’s being replaced by something new.

Full details will be revealed in just over 24 hours and this upgrade may come as a bit of a shock to some who thought that Window 10 was here for good. In fact, it may have even surprised some at Microsoft with the firm saying back in 2015 that Windows 10 would be its final operating system.

We’ll have to wait and see exactly what new features are included in Windows 11 but early leaks, showing how things will look, certainly haven’t gone down well with Windows 10 fans.

Numerous people have managed to get hold of Windows 11 early with videos, posted on Twitter, showing off its new look. The upgrade appears to feature a refreshed design with an updated start menu, soft round corners on boxes, a change to the desktop pattern and even a brand-new sound when users boot up their PC.

READ MORE: Windows 11 could be free upgrade for Windows 10 AND Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Since the leaks began, millions have viewed the clips and many don’t seem all that enthralled with what could be coming to their PCs.

“This….. is just garbage design,” said one user. Whilst another added: “I don’t get it, why, what’s the point, why call it 11? We all know it’s just Windows 10 under there and all the legacy code of the past 30 years. I don’t understand the need for rounded corners when 98% of screens have hard corners.”

Other Windows 10 users are venting their frustration at losing their current software with one saying: “Wasn’t Windows 10 supposed to be the last version? Wasn’t it pitched as a live service that Microsoft was going to update forever? Am I misremembering things?”

A large number of the complaints revolve around Microsoft appearing to move the famous Start Menu from the side to the middle of the screen.

This has left some scratching their heads at the decision with one user tweeting, “I’m not understanding why you’d move the start button to the middle when it’s been in the lower corner for literally the past 3 decades.”

Another user added: “Move the start to the middle of the taskbar and call it windows 11, what kind of joke is this?”

One Windows fan blasted all of the upcoming changes and promised to skip Windows 11 completely, “Any details on when Windows 12 is being released? Because I’m definitely skipping this one…if I wanted us use something that looks like MacOS then I’d buy a Mac; not this half-baked imitation.”

Of course, the early leaks may not give a real indication of what is to come from Microsoft and Express.co.uk will bring you all of the news from frirm’s showcase tomorrow watch this space.

Things will kick off at 4pm BST with Microsoft live streaming the showcase on the web with the firm currently teasing, “Join us to see what’s next for Windows.”

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Biden Signs Bill to Counter Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to curtail a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and expressed pride that lawmakers who seem to agree on little else came together against hate and racism.

Biden lavished praise on Democrats and Republicans for approving the bill by lopsided margins and sending it to the White House for his signature. Several dozen lawmakers attended the bill signing ceremony, one of the largest groups to visit the Biden White House during the pandemic.

The House approved the bill 364-62 this week, following the Senate’s 94-1 vote in April.

Biden, who stressed his wish to help unite the country as he campaigned for office, said during the East Room event that fighting hate and racism should bring people together.

“I’m proud today of the United States,” he said.

The new law will expedite Justice Department reviews of hate crimes by putting an official in charge of the effort. Federal grants will be available to help local law enforcement agencies improve their investigation, identification and reporting of bias-driven incidents, which often go underreported.

Some activists opposed the legislation’s reliance on law enforcement.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who is Black and Indian, discussed reports of stabbings, shootings and other attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and their businesses since the start of the pandemic a little over a year ago.

Harris said such incidents had increased six-fold during that time.

She said that while the new law brings the U.S. closer to stopping hate, “the work to address injustice, wherever it exists, remains the work ahead.”

The AAPI Victory Alliance, a policy and advocacy organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, complimented Biden for quickly signing the bill. But executive director Varun Nikore said the law is “only one piece in the long fight” for equity and opportunity for communities of color.

Nikore said Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will use the “electoral prowess” they demonstrated last year to elect leaders who will advocate for their community.

“Ending Asian hate should never be a partisan issue,” he said.

The bill-signing scene at the White House was reminiscent of pre-pandemic times, and the bill itself marked a fleeting moment of bipartisanship in a Congress that has struggled all year to overcome partisan gridlock over issues ranging from COVID-19 aid to the definition of “infrastructure.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and more than 60 guests from Congress, the Justice Department, and advocacy groups, along with White House aides, mingled freely and barefaced due to new public health guidance that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing face masks while indoors with other fully vaccinated people.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican lawmaker seen in the audience.

At the end of the program, Harris and lawmakers who led the effort to get the bill passed surrounded Biden as he sat at a desk and signed it into law.

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Express Sport joins social media boycott – we stand with football against online hate

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Express Sport is proud to stand in solidarity with everyone who faces hate and discrimination online. Our sports social media accounts will be silent from 3pm on Friday 30 April to midnight on Monday 3 May. We stand with football against hate.

Reach PLC will join the worlds of football, cricket, rugby and other sports in turning off our social media accounts in order to send a message that online abuse will not be tolerated.

For too long, the reaction to discrimination and hate – and particularly racist and sexist abuse – simply has not been strong enough. That has to change, and we want to play our part.

Football clubs, players and governing bodies are among the many joining in the show of solidarity with a four-day boycott of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others.

We want social media companies to hold those responsible for such vile abuse accountable for their disgusting actions or this problem will not be stopped.

“This boycott signifies our collective anger,” Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out, put it perfectly when explaining the united stand against abuse.

“By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.”

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was one of the first to come off social media, doing so five weeks ago, and he said this week: “When we come together, it’s powerful.”

We agree. We are determined to put an end to online hate and discrimination. Let this be just the start. Enough is enough.

ABC13 to host town hall exploring hate crimes against Asian Americans

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As concern grows nationally amid rising violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, experts say data from Houston recording these hate crimes could be skewed.

ABC13, Houston’s news leader, is hosting a one-hour town hall Wednesday (7-8 p.m. CDT), highlighting how acts of violence, discrimination and microaggressions against the AAPI community have unfolded across southeast Texas.

Eyewitness News reporter Miya Shay is gathering a panel of law enforcement and community leaders, and getting answers to your questions about this important issue.

Panelists for Wednesday’s town hall include:

  • Bobby Singh, Sikh community activist
  • David Shin, Korean community activist
  • Rogene Calvert, OCA Houston board member and community activist
  • Houston Police Department and FBI representatives

Viewers are urged to submit their questions for Wednesday’s town hall here:
(On mobile? You can open our form by tapping here.)

Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization which advocates on behalf of Asian crime victims, reports out of nearly 4,000 hate incidents in the U.S. since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 happened in Texas.

In the aftermath of the Atlanta spa shooting that killed eight people on March 16, HPD said the department had “not seen an increase in hate crimes toward the Asian community.”

Experts, however, believe Houston and other cities could be underreporting crimes against the AAPI community, where some segments of the population are less likely to report hate incidents, according to AAPI Data, a California-based policy and research nonprofit.

About 5.3% of Texans identify as Asian, while 7% of Houstonians are in the AAPI community, according to the U.S. Census.

The virtual town hall will stream exclusively on ABC13.com and ABC13’s apps for your smartphone, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Google TV devices. Just search “ABC13 Houston.”

Editor’s note: Video above is from a previously published story.

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Ted Cruz changes course and votes to support bill to address hate crimes against Asian Americans

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Texans speak out at Stop Asian Hate Rally

Texans speak out at Stop Asian Hate Rally

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Ted Cruz among a small number of Republicans opposing bill to address hate crimes against Asian Americans

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There Is No Rung on the Ladder That Protects You From Hate

In nearly a dozen conversations this past week with scholars, activists and historians, the sadness and grief around this inflection point was clear — as was the recognition of how starkly divided two professional paths for Asian immigrants in this country have been.

The Asian-American story has been a complicated narrative. There are the restaurant workers and massage therapists nested in metropolitan enclaves, but there are also the high achievers attending elite schools who end up in well-compensated careers. Often one generation of immigrants in service jobs raises the next generation of corporate strivers. In this moment, though, as the population grows, the groups are becoming increasingly isolated from one another.

In the aftermath of a summer of protests for racial justice and increasing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, corporate employees of color, including Asians, are demanding equity and inclusion, which would put an end to a white-dominated culture. The workers in spas and nail salons don’t have the luxury to even think about that; they are more vulnerable to the whims of their white clientele. In a nation already divided by politics, religion and income, here is a community divided within itself.

But the “kung flu” pandemic — the xenophobic language, fueled by President Donald J. Trump, that added hate crimes to a deadly disease and the rest of the list of things for Asian-Americans to fear this past year — may be gradually bringing people together.

Last year, reported hate crimes against people of Asian descent in New York City jumped 833 percent from 2019. Nearly 3,800 hate incidents, which range from name-calling to assault, against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders were reported to Stop AAPI Hate[1], a group that has collected data for the last year. (The number could be higher because not all incidents were reported.) Sixty-eight percent of those incidents were reported by women.

As the country reeled from the all-too-familiar scenes of mass shootings in Atlanta, especially killings that may have targeted people because of their race and gender, some scholars recalled an earlier death. In 1982, Vincent Chin[2], a Chinese-American, was beaten to death by two white men at a time of rising tensions over Japanese dominance in the auto market. The killers, who insisted the attack was not racially motivated, were sentenced to three years of probation.

The fact that the men did not serve jail time sent tremors through Asian communities. Activists formed civil rights groups to protest.

References

  1. ^ Stop AAPI Hate (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ Vincent Chin (www.nytimes.com)

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