More than 100 protest after alleged racist attack

Protesters in Erdington
A demonstration was held on High Street in Erdington on Saturday [BBC]

Protesters gathered after three people were alleged to have been racially abused and assaulted.

More than 100 people took part in the demonstration against racism on High Street in Erdington, Birmingham, on Saturday.

It was held close to the scene of an alleged parking dispute on 17 May, during which a man, woman and teenage boy were "struck", police said.

Five men, aged from 22 to 45, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and racially aggravated assault and have since been released on bail.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today at the protest, Bishop Dr Desmond Jaddoo said it was “totally unacceptable”, adding enough was enough.

He also called for a civil rights act so black people could be protected.

“This isn’t playing the race card. Racial discrimination towards members of our community is a reality and we now need to ensure this comes to an end,” he said.

Bishop Dr Desmond Jaddoo
Bishop Dr Desmond Jaddoo said the alleged incident was totally unacceptable [BBC]

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police previously said four of the men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and racially aggravated assault.

The fifth man, aged 45, was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault.

Officers confirmed they were examining CCTV footage to establish the nature of the disorder, as well as who was involved, and have asked witnesses to get in touch.

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