Erdington High Street protest planned after alleged 'race attacks' on shoppers

A rally will be held in a Birmingham High Street after alleged racial incidents as the community call for a 'zero tolerance' approach. This weekend, members of the community will be protesting in Erdington High Street following allegations of 'race attacks' in the shopping area.

The protest, which is one of several planned demonstrations, will take place near to the Sixways roundabout at 1pm on Saturday, June 29. It comes after several incidents reportedly targeting members of the African Caribbean community.

Four people - including a pregnant woman and a child - were allegedly racially abused and assaulted in a violent disorder on May 17. An initial demonstration took place on June 1, with over 100 people turning out to support the protest.

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A second rally was held on June 8. Now, ahead of the third demonstration, demands are being made for the authorities to adopt a "zero tolerance approach towards this type of racist behaviour," says community activist Bishop Desmond Jaddoo, who is supporting victims.

Calls have also been made for all seven Erdington parliamentary candidates to attend the protest and explain to the community how they plan to tackle racism - alongside other issues on Erdington High Street.

In a previous statement ahead of the second rally, West Midlands Police said: "We’re aware of a demonstration that is due to take place on Erdington High Street this weekend, and have been in touch with the organisers to understand their plans. It follows disorder on May 17 where four people – a pregnant woman, another woman, a man, and a teenage boy - were attacked.

"Our investigation into the violent disorder and racially aggravated assaults is progressing well, and five people who have been arrested remain on bail while we continue to gather evidence. We know the attack has caused real concern locally, and we are in touch with community representatives to listen to them and update them.

"Our officers have been liaising with the community to listen to their concerns, and that dialogue will continue."