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U.K.: PROTESTS OVER NUMBER OF ASIAN YOUTH CONTINUE IN SOUTHALL AND IN BIRMINGHAM MAN ADVERTISING HOUSE FOR SALE TO ENGLISH FAMILY ONLY STAYS IN JAIL.


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In West London, the police tonight (7 June) charged five youths with the murder of 10-year-old Asian student Gurdip Chaggar in the London suburb of Southall on Friday (4 June) night. Police spokesmen have said that they do not hold the view that Chaggar's stabbing was racial. But following this and other recent incidents, concern about racial tension is growing among Britain's immigrant population. A report from the BBC's Home Affairs correspondent, David Tindall.
SYNOPSIS: Also on Monday, Britain's racial troubles were highlighted in a Birmingham court when Robert Relf was returned to jail for refusing to remove a sign advertising his house for sale to an English family only. Alan Towers of the BBC reports.

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Date original 7 JUNE, 1976
Duration 2.02
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Subset Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957
Location SOUTHALL & BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Sound NATURAL & ENGLISH COMMENTARY
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1. GV & SV Asians marching through Southall (2 shots) 0.08
2. SV Police 0.13
3. SV Asians during march 0.18
4. CU Newspaper pictures and headlines 0.24
5. SV Asians strolling along Southall main street 0.32
6. SV Pakistani community leaders arriving to meet ambassador (4 shots) 0.53
7. SV PAN Another group of demonstrators marching through Southall (3 shots) 1.14
8. GV EXTERIOR Police outside courthouse (MUTE) 1.17
9. SV Relf out of car and entering courthouse (MUTE) 1.25
10. SV Police escorting Colin Jordan out of courthouse 1.34
11. SV Demonstrators attempting to stop taxi and scuffling with police 1.49
12. SV Mrs. Sadie Relf led to car 2.02
TINDALL: "A noisy but orderly march by about 100 Asians from the local technical college. Southall was otherwise peaceful, on the surface at least, after the weekend's troubles. Local police have sent a full report to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner about the disturbances and Friday night's stabbing of Gurdip Chaggar. It will also be studied by the Home Secretary. What happened to the teenager has inflamed Asians from Southall - mostly Punjabis - who fear that the Government isn't doing enough to explain misunderstandings over immigration policy. Pakistan community leaders - about 100 in all from various parts of the country - most with their ambassador in London this evening. The objects - to voice their fears about racial violence and work out a formula for easing tension in towns with a high immigrant population. Most of the community leaders felt there should be a more positive lead from Whitehall. In Southall, there was another demonstration by Asians commemorating the death of Gurdip Changgar. The police said about 300 people took part. But the march organisers called it a demonstration for justice, peace and protection for Asians. During the day Asian community leaders had appealed repeatedly for their people to keep calm and avoid further clashes."
TOWERS: "Colin Jordan, the campaigner against immigration, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after a disturbance inside the court building. Two other men were also taken into custody on similar charges, after they'd tried to halt the taxi taking Relf back to jail. The jailed man's wife, Mrs. Sadie Relf, was led away in tears by National Front sympathisers."
Britain appears to have entered a new period of racial tension. Historians might trace its origins back hundreds of years to the founding of the British empire, but the immediate causes stem from a series of almost coincidental race-related events over the past month. These climaxed in a demonstration by 400 Asian youths in the largely Asian London suburb of Southall on Sunday (6 June), following the murder of 18-year-old Sikh Gurdip Chaggar. During the demonstration one policeman was injured and one youth arrested on assault charges. On Monday (7 June) Asian leaders demanded to meet Prime Minister James Callaghan to ask for protection for their people. Extra police moved into Southall to make sure that calls by the "West Indian Standing Conference" for vigilante groups to protect black lives were not answered. The right-wing, anti-black National Front said it was calling upon its local organisers to encourage white people to set up white citizen defence groups.

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