The 17-year-old was waiting at a bus stop with two friends in Croydon, south-east London, when he was set upon by around eight youths [Image: Alamy Stock Photo].

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, says this is part of an increase in hate crime for which the Tories have no response:

“Sadly this is not an isolated incident,  but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory government is yet to offer any effective response to.

 “With right-wing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate.

“We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.”

This Writer would say she is far more accurate in saying right-wing politicians are scapegoating migrants, refugees and others – encouraging hate crime.

That is certainly what the Tories have been doing. Remember Theresa May’s “Go Home” vans, that toured London briefly, a few years ago?

We should certainly not excuse the people who commit the crimes – but let’s be honest about the politicians acting as their cheerleaders.

A teenage asylum seeker was left fighting for his life after being beaten in a “brutal attack” by a gang in what police are treating as a hate crime.

The 17-year-old was waiting at a bus stop with two friends in Croydon, south-east London, when he was set upon by about eight youths. They asked him where he was from, and when he told them he was an asylum seeker they chased after him and launched their attack.

Scotland Yard said the boy suffered serious head injuries and was originally in a critical condition in hospital. His status has since been revised to “serious but stable”. His two friends escaped with minor injuries.

The attack happened in Shrublands Avenue at 11.40pm on Friday, and no arrests have been made.

Source: Teenager suffers serious head injuries in Croydon ‘hate crime’ attack | UK news | The Guardian

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