Friday, 30 October 2009

'Stop Hate Crimes' candlelit vigil at Old Steine tonight

Tonight campaigners from across the city will hold a silent candlelit vigil for all the victims of hate crime at the Victoria Fountain in the Old Steine at 9pm.

The vigil, one of hundreds taking part across the world organised by anti hate crime group 17-24-30, could be the first annual such event.

And not before time: it seems that hate crime against LGBT people is on the increase.

The situation in some parts of the world, such as Iran and Jamaica, and even countries in Europe, such as Serbia (which recently saw a homophobic murder at its Pride event), remains even more stark.

Tonight's vigil was sparked by the death of 62-year-old Ian Baynham after a suspected homophobic assault in London last month.

Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London, said:

"I am sickened and saddened by this needless death. This is the fourth homophobic murder in London in the last 12 months and this has to stop."

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