Don’t stand by if you see hatred and prejudice – it has no place in our society.
That’s the message from Salford during Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week which runs until 12 February.
Residents across the city – and city region – are being urged to sign up to the Greater Manchester Promise to never stand by if they see someone being abused or attacked because of who they are.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “It’s time to speak out against hate crime. In the 21st century people should not have to live in fear of being verbally or physically abused because of the colour of their skin, the way they dress or who they are. They should be proud to be themselves.
“I hope everyone will keep the promise in mind and challenge hate crime, if it’s safe to do so. If not, then they should report it whenever they come across it. It’s not acceptable and should not be tolerated.”
Hate crimes are acts of hostility, such as violence or verbal abuse, directed at someone because of who they are. It’s things like someone being spat at because they are black or being called names because they are a Muslim and wear a headscarf, or being beaten up for being gay.
Reporting hate crime is easy – you can do it online, call the police on 101 or, if you don’t want to speak to the police, report it at one of dozens of independent reporting centres across Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Promise reads:
Let’s End Hate Crime – the Greater Manchester Promise
People can sign up and find out more at www.letsendhatecrime.com or tweet their support using the hashtag #No Bystanders which also promotes the #westandtogether campaign
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