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Man Stabbed in North Britain Riots

July 7, 2001

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BRADFORD, England (AP) _ Police were pelted with bricks and at least one person was stabbed Saturday, as violence flared after a far-right parade was banned in this northern city.

Witnesses said scuffles broke out between groups of white and Asian youths, and that police were showered with bricks, stones and road signs when they tried to intervene. One officer was injured, police said.

``There’s lots of youths running around the streets and the police seem to have lost control,″ said 28-year-old eyewitness Tahir Hussein.

Five people were arrested and a white man was taken to the hospital with stab wounds, police said.

In the last six weeks, rioting has hit the towns of Oldham and Burnley _ like Bradford, working-class northern communities with large numbers of Asians, mainly people whose roots lie in the Indian subcontinent. In those towns, gangs of Asian and white youths clashed for several nights with riot police, attacked shops, homes and pubs and set cars on fire.

The Bradford metropolitan area has a population of just under 500,000, of which about 100,000 are believed to be Asians from the subcontinent.

The violence in Bradford came after some 200 police patrolled the center of the city, on the lookout for members of the far-right National Front, whose planned march was banned earlier this past week.

A group of about 300 mainly Asian youths gathered for a counter rally organized by the Anti-Nazi League in this city 200 miles north of London.

Chief Superintendent Phil Read of West Yorkshire Police called on National Front members to stay away, saying the force ``will not tolerate any group attempting to cause disorder or stir up racial hatred.

``They’re not welcome either by the police, the council or the local community,″ he added.

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