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Police charge school boy for racially aggravated assault on Syrian refugee

A TEENAGER has been charged for racially aggravated assault over a filmed attack on a Syrian refugee police said today.

A viral video showed the Syrian boy, whose arm was already in a sling, being dragged along the ground and having water poured down his mouth.

Footage of the incident, which took place at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield on October 25, sparked outrage and an online crowdfunding page for the victim was formed, receiving nearly £80,000 in donations in a day.

The 15-year-old boy came to Huddersfield two years ago with help from the United Nations after his family were persecuted and allegedly tortured by the Syrian government.

West Yorkshire Police said the assailant has been interviewed and will appear before a youth court “in due course.” They added that the incident has “been subject to thorough investigation” since it was reported the day after.

Previously, an “unconnected incident” on October 7 was also investigated at the time, where three pupils were interviewed. No further action was taken and it was referred to the school.

Almondbury Community School head teacher Trevor Bowen said the situation was being “taken extremely seriously.”

Unite Against Fascism’s Weyman Bennett said Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, has inspired racist attacks, such as the van attack near a mosque in Finsbury Park last year, and claimed he is now inspiring children to attack other children.

He said: “The horrific attack on a young Syrian means we have to double our efforts to fight fascism and stop the poison destroying young lives.

“It is time to rip the mask from Tommy Robinson’s organisation and his link to Ukip to prevent it from happening on a bigger scale.

“It’s shocking that it has taken so long for this to come to light. Every school and college will have to find a way of protecting the victims of racism, and more importantly, preventing the attempts by the fascist to turn us on each other.

“Our enemy is not in the playground or our schools. It’s at the top of our society where they seek to divide us to conquer each.”

Mr Weyman said, to continue the trade unionist and socialist tradition of “saying No Pasaran,” a demonstration will take place on December 9.


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