Calendar of Racism and Resistance (8 – 22 June 2022)

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (8 – 22 June 2022)


Written by: IRR News Team


A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. Find these stories and all others since 2014 on our searchable database, the Register of Racism and Resistance.


Asylum and migrant rights   

7 June: Despite twenty-six prosecution witnesses failing to make an identification, an appeal court in Lesvos, Greece, confirms sentences against two Afghan teenagers for arson at the Moria camp. The Athens juvenile court accepts a petition for one of the two to be released.  (ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 10 June 2022) 

8 June: David Neal, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, complains to the parliamentary home affairs committee that home secretary Priti Patel refuses to speak to him and has cancelled five or six meetings since he took up the post over a year ago. (Free Movement, 8 June 2022) 

9 June: As criticisms mount of Poland’s lack of refugee infrastructure, the Centre of Migration Research at Warsaw University reveals that around half the 3 million Ukrainian refugees who fled to Poland have left the country. Polish border guard data suggests that 1 million have returned to Ukraine. (Balkan Insight, 9 June 2022)

10 June: Academic staff at Coventry University contracted by the Home Office to devise a module on race, empire and colonialism for Home Office employees, say that civil servants have attempted to ‘sanitise’ the content, deeming some of the material ‘too controversial’. Disagreements have led to a year’s delay in its rollout. (Guardian, 10 June 2022)

Borders and internal controls

8 June: The Estonian Refugee Council says plans to amend the State Borders Act would amount to legalising pushbacks, and Finland is similarly criticised for proposed amendments to the Border Guard Act and the Emergency Powers Act. (Euractiv, 8 June 2022)

9 June: An Austrian administrative court (case of Moroccan Ayoub N and six others), confirms that in September 2020 the Styrian authorities carried out an illegal pushback, refusing protection requests, forcing asylum seekers to strip naked and then pushing them back to Bosnia via Slovenia and Croatia. (Kurier, 9 June 2022)

11 June: The Greek Ombudsman says that 21 complaints of illegal pushbacks were made in 2021, with victims often not interviewed properly and photographic evidence going missing. (Keep Talking Greece, 11 June 2022).

12 June: In Thrace, north-east Greece, one migrant dies after a pick-up truck carrying Syrians crashes avoiding a police checkpoint and being pursued by police. (AP News, 12 June 2022) 

12 June:  United for Intercultural Action publish ‘Death by Policy – Time for Change’ which lists 48,647 documented deaths of refugees and migrants due to the restrictive policies of ‘Fortress Europe’ since 1993. (United for Intercultural Action, 12 June 2022)

13 June: After an Afghan national dies of gunshot wounds at the Evros border with Turkey, Greek authorities deny Turkish claims that although the man died in Turkish territory, Greek security forces bore responsibility as they opened fire on a group of undocumented migrants seeking to cross the border. (Keep Talking Greece, 15 June 2022)

15 June: After French police near Nice, pursuing a van that an Italian tip-off suggested was full of undocumented migrants, opened fire when the van rammed an immigration control, an Egyptian man dies of gunshot wounds. An investigation is launched into whether the police officer acted in ‘legitimate self-defence’. (InfoMigrants, 17 June 2022)

16 June: In Slovenia, the new prime minister Robert Golob says he will fulfil election pledges to remove a 200-kilometre razor-wire border fence with Croatia and improve ‘deplorable’ reception conditions for asylum seekers. (Euronews, 16 June 2022)

17 June: Greek NGOs accuse the authorities of informally employing third-country nationals, referred to as ‘proxies’ or ‘auxiliary police’, to carry out illegal pushbacks to Turkey, in exchange for travel documents. (Al Jazeera, 17 June 2022)

17 June: Hidden in Plain Sight, a Save the Children report, documents a phenomenal increase in the number of unaccompanied children trying to cross the French and Slovenian borders and warns that, in stark contrast to the welcome given to Ukrainian children, these children are subjected to police violence and pushbacks. (Save the Children, 17 June 2022)

Reception and detention

13 June: Poland, Slovakia and Austria suspend free transport for Ukrainians, after high profile allegations of abuse, including from the far-right Austrian Freedom Party. Allowances paid to Ukrainians, as well as free health insurance, are drastically limited in the Czech Republic. (Le Monde, 13 June 2022)

13 June: Residents, supported by the Molenbeek municipality in Brussels, Belgium, launch a petition to get an asylum centre used to ease overcrowding in other centres shut down due to ‘excessive noise pollution’. (Brussels Times, 13 June 2022)  

16 June: Official figures show that at least 480 Ukrainian families and 180 single adults have applied as homeless to local authorities as arrangements for hosting were unsuitable or have broken down, and the government has no fall-back plan, according to refugee charities.  (Guardian, 16 June 2022)

18 June: The Home Office unveils a 12-month pilot scheme to tag asylum seekers arriving by ‘unnecessary and dangerous’ means, to enforce impose conditions including curfew and mobility restrictions, to be trialled first on the 130 detained for removal to Rwanda. Experts say they harm mental health. (Independent, 18 June 2022)


8 June: As an unnamed Home Office official says the ‘disgraceful’ Rwanda policy will endanger lives and makes them feel like a ‘human trafficker’, a suicidal east African torture victim detained at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre for deportation to Rwanda is told to get a haircut, learn a musical instrument or try aromatherapy to feel better, his lawyers say. (Independent, 8 June 2022; Independent, 8 June 2022)   

10 June: The High Court rejects a legal challenge by Asylum Aid and Freedom from Torture to the first Rwanda deportation flight under home secretary Priti Patel’s offshoring policy. (Guardian, 9 June 2022; Guardian, 12 June 2022)

10 June: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) claims the Home Office sent misleading letters to asylum seekers, claiming that the UN agency was ‘closely involved’ in the Rwanda offshoring plans, while in fact it told the government it believed its plans to be unlawful. (Guardian, 10 June 2022)

11 June: Around 200 protesters block a van transporting a Nigerian man suspected of overstaying his visa in Peckham, south London. Videos of the scene show heavy-handed tactics by police officers. The man, arrested on immigration charges, is released on bail. (Guardian, 11 June 2022)

13 June: After a weekend of protests by community, religious and campaign groups against the Rwanda policy in London, Manchester, Crawley and elsewhere, the Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal against the High Court’s upholding of the government’s offshoring plans, and the High Court rejects a second legal challenge to the policy by Detention Action, Care4Calais and the PSC union, which represents Border Force staff. (Independent, 12 June 2022; Guardian, 12 June 2022; Guardian, 13 June 2022) 

A protester in a tree outside Brook House detention centre, Gatwick
A protester outside Brook House detention centre, 12 June 2022. Credit: SOAS Detainee Support, Twitter.

13 June: With revelations that torture victims recognised as ‘vulnerable and at risk’ by the Home Office are among those to be sent to Rwanda, successful legal challenges on the grounds of modern slavery, trafficking and human rights reduce the numbers due to fly to Rwanda to 11. 130 had been notified they could face removal. (Observer, 12 June 2022; BBC News, 13 June 2022) 

13 June: Children’s and refugee charities raise concerns after three children were wrongly age-assessed as adults by Home Office were detained for deportation to Rwanda but later released, among reports of possibly another three unaccompanied children still detained for offshoring. (Guardian, 13 June 2022) 

14 June: The Supreme Court upholds the Rwanda deportation plan, but the numbers on the flight go down to 7. After public pressure, airlines including Titan and Airtanker refuse to do the flights, but Privilege Style, based in Mallorca, eject protesters who travelled there to urge them not to fly. (Supreme Court, 14 June 2022; Freedom from Torture (Twitter), 14 June 2022)

14 June: Amid country-wide protests at the Rwanda deportation plan, anti-deportation campaigners lock themselves together to try to prevent the removal of vans carrying asylum seekers to their deportation flight to Rwanda. (London Economic, 14 June 2022)

14 June:  Following a last-minute ‘interim measure’ ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, and an emergency application by UK lawyers, the inaugural Rwanda flight is cancelled an hour and a half before it is due to take off with seven people on board. (Guardian, 14 June 2022)

Protesters outside Brook House detention centre, Gatwick, 12 June 2022
Protesters outside Brook House detention centre, 12 June 2022. Credit: SOAS Detainee Support, Twitter.

15 June: As Conservative MPs call on the government to fast-track a promised UK Bill of Rights so as to remove all power of the ECtHR over ‘sovereign decisions’, deputy prime minister Dominic Raab says the Court’s interim measure should not have legally binding effect under UK law.  (Independent, 15 June 2022; Guardian, 15 June 2022)

17 June: In Austria, campaigners mobilising to stop the deportation of a schoolgirl, Ajla, whose father brought her from Serbia to Austria six years ago aged 13, also strongly criticise the imposition of a three-year entry ban on her, making it impossible for her to complete her studies on a student visa. (SOS Mitmensch, 17 June 2022)

Crimes of solidarity

16 June: As the trial in Italy of the Iuventa search and rescue crew is paused due to ‘grave procedural errors by the prosecution’, Iuventa states that while it is right that errors were detected, they now have to wait months for the trial to resume ‘because the prosecution failed to do its job properly in 5 years of investigation’. (Twitter, 17 June 2022)


8 June: After launching a judicial review when his application for a passport was refused, former Guantánamo detainee Moazzam Begg has UK passport facilities restored. (Guardian, 8 June 2022)

9 June:  A court in Spain sets a legal precedent by granting nationality to a ‘stateless’ girl born in 2018 in Morocco to a Cameroonian mother shortly before she travelled to Spain on a migrant boat. (Euronews, 9 June 2022)

12 June: In a pre-action legal letter, the family of British citizen Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, accuse the foreign secretary of ignoring ‘overwhelming evidence’ of his rendition from Kenya, where he was tortured, to Nigeria. (Guardian, 12 June 2022)


6 June: Unpublished archives of the French presidency reveal that Charles de Gaulle and the Élysée were aware that the police carried out the infamous massacre of Algerians in Paris on 17 October 1961. (Mediapart, 6 June 2022)

8 June: The Campaign for Freedom of Information and Article 9 criticise the new National Security Bill, that grants immunity to ministers or spies who assist in overseas crimes and treats individuals and organisations that receive funding from a foreign government as agents of that government, potentially criminalising journalists and whistleblowers. (Open Democracy, 8 June 2022)

12 June: In the first round of the French legislative elections, the far-Right Rassemblement National wins 18.68 percent of the vote, with 206 candidates, including Marine Le Pen who came first with 53.96 percent in Pas-de-Calais, going through to the second round. While Reconquête polled 4.25 percent of the poll, its leader Eric Zemmour, who stood in the Var department, suffered elimination, as did several other high-profile candidates. (Le Monde, 12 June 2022; Euractiv, 13 June 2022)

13 June: In mayoral elections in Italy, the far-right Brothers of Italy make gains, while the League’s share of the vote drops. Another blow to the League’s fortunes is the low turn-out for a referendum on justice reforms it proposed. Projections suggest that the Brothers of Italy, League and Forza Italia electoral alliance has a majority in 26 provincial and regional capitals, including, significantly, the Sicilian capital of Palermo. (Reuters, 13 June 2022)

15 June: In Poland, the National Movement capitalises on ‘war fatigue’ by presenting assistance to Ukrainian refugees as ‘discrimination against Poles’, also weaponising historical questions such as second world war massacres of tens of thousands of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in German-occupied Poland. (Balkan Insight, 15 June 2022)

18 June: The Belgian government announce the return to his family of a gold tooth belonging to Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated first leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a move that is widely seen as an attempt to atone for colonial crimes. (Observer, 18 June 2022)

A Patrice Lumumba mural in Los Angeles.
A Patrice Lumumba mural. Credit: C-Monster, Flickr.

19 June:  A historic surge for the far Right in the second round of French National Assembly elections leaves the RN with 89 parliamentary seats (previously six) as the largest opposition party. For the first time, the far Right has a major parliamentary grouping. (Guardian, 20 June 2022; Le Monde, 20 June 2022)

19 June: In Spain, the far-right Vox party, which campaigned against irregular immigrants and feminists, wins 14 seats (up two) in regional elections in Andalucía. (Guardian, 19 June 2022)

21 June:  A  plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a new bill of rights  which will reduce the power of the European Court of Human Right is announced with the government describing it as a ‘restatement of Britain’s sovereignty.’ (Guardian, 21 June 2022)


With anti-migrant, anti-equalities, anti-abortion, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQI activities increasingly interlinking, we now incorporate information on the Christian Right as well as information relating to the incel movement. See also COUNTER-TERRORISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY.

7 June: Alec Davies, founder of National Action, who set up the ‘continuity group’ NS131, is jailed for over eight years for membership of a proscribed organisation. (Guardian, 7 June 2022)

10 June: East Londoner Anthony Barraclough is jailed for six years for offences including sharing hate speech which promotes white supremacy and advocates terrorist violence. (Evening Standard, 10 June 2022)

14 June: In the run-up to Vienna Pride, the Austrian far Right, Catholic fundamentalists and identitarians target drag queen story hours in local libraries, and a Freedom party city councillor says that the publicly-funded ideology of ‘globohomo’ (‘globalism and homosexuality’) is a threat to children. (New Statesman, 14 June 2022)

17 June: Four of six people arrested in large-scale drugs raids in three German states are part of the far-right faction Brotherhood Thuringia, say police. (Deutsche Welle, 17 June 2022)

19 June: The Croatian far Right are blamed for smashing up all 700 stones at the Yugoslav Partisans’ Necropolis in the Bosnian town of Mostar which commemorates anti-fascists who died during the second world war. (Eurasia Times, June 2022)


8 June: Studies show that across the EU around 100,000 people are held in pre-trial detention, with foreigners disproportionate amongst them. In Germany, 60 percent of pre-trial detainees are foreigners, 60 percent are unemployed, and 50 percent are homeless, with judges most often citing ‘flight risk’ as reason to detain. (Deutsche Welle, 8 June 2022)

8 June: In the Netherlands, police trades unions, responding to the TV documentary ‘The Blue Family’, vow to end racism and discrimination in the workplace. Parliament also votes to debate the issue. (Controle Alt Delete, 8 June 2022)

9 June: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launches an investigation into the death of a 59-year-old woman in a Lancaster police station after she is taken ill. No information as to her identity is given. (LancsLive, 9 June 2022)

10 June: In a Daily Mail interview, the recently appointed Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Andy Cooke, announces a ‘common sense manifesto’ including stopping and searching people who smell of cannabis and opposing excessive ‘wokery’ in the force. (Daily Mail, 10 June 2022)

11 June: The Greek Ombudsman reveals that 308 complaints were made against police in 2021 for targeting mostly young people, on ethnic, race or national grounds. No adequate investigation took place in the majority of cases. Where the Ombudsman recommended sanctions, penalties were trivial. (Keep Talking Greece, 11 June 2022).

13 June: Anti-knife crime campaigner Faron Paul launches a legal action against the Metropolitan police in relation to an incident last year in which he says he was assaulted, subjected to a cavity search and left naked in a cell at Charing Cross police station. (Independent, 13 June 2022)

13 June: While not admitting racial discrimination, City of London police apologise to TV location manager Ryan Colaço for a May 2020 drugs stop and search when the window of his car was shattered by a police officer, following which he was strip-searched in a police station. No drugs were found. (Independent, 13 June 2022)

14 June: The European Roma Rights Centre welcomes the decision by the Slovakian government to accept a European Court of Human Rights ruling and compensate eight victims of a 2013 police raid on a Romani community in Moldava nad Bodvou. Some of the Romani, now exonerated, had been sentenced for perjury after protesting police brutality. (Romea, 14 June 2022)

14 June: Former West Mercia police officer James Watt is jailed for sharing grossly offensive material, including memes mocking the death of George Floyd to several WhatsApp groups and over Facebook Messenger. The trial reveals that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to charge Watts, which led to an appeal by the IOPC. (BirminghamLive, 14 June 2022)

15 June: Four Metropolitan police officers are served with gross misconduct notices in the case of teenager Child Q, strip-searched at an east London school in 2020. (Guardian, 15 June 2022)

15 June: Thames Valley Police admit to breaching the European Convention on Human Rights’ right to life through failure to comply with operational procedures on drugs, and apologise to the family of Leroy Junior Medford, accepting that his death in April 2017 after he ingested drugs in his police cell was ‘avoidable’. (Guardian, 15 June 2022)

15 June: Anti-fascists rally outside an Athens Court in Greece as an appeal against prison terms against four Golden Dawn members is cut short following a bomb threat. Sentencing will be announced on 6 July. (Euronews, 15 June 2022)

16 June: 11 military police officers deployed at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands are disciplined (one is sacked) after an internal investigation found they had sent ‘discriminatory stickers’ in a WhatsApp group. (Dutch News, 16 June 2022)

17 June: The Joint Committee on Human Rights warns that the Public Order Bill, which increases stop and search powers, creates serious disruption prevention orders and a new offence of ‘locking on’, risks creating a hostile environment for peaceful protest. (Guardian, 17 June 2022)

20 June: A Black teenager brings what is believed to be the first case of its kind against the Metropolitan police for a failure in their duty to protect, saying he was racially stereotyped and falsely accused of being involved in gang violence, while he was actually kidnapped and beaten up by the gang the Met falsely believed he belonged to. (Guardian, 20 June 2022) 

21 June: The IOPC says that Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, who fell into the Thames near Chelsea and died after being tasered by the police, was carrying a firelighter, and not a screwdriver as indicated at the time in a Met press release. Omishore’s family had previously condemned disinformation about the death. (Guardian, 21 June 2022)

21 June: Palestinian solidarity campaigners hold a vigil outside a Hackney police station to protest the Met’s decision to welcome a police delegation from Israel to the area, just days after the fatal shooting of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and an attack on mourners at her funeral. (Morning Star, 20 June 2022)


15 June: The US imposes terrorist sanctions on two members of the Russian Imperial Movement, also designating Swedish white nationalist Anton Thulin, who has a conviction for setting off a bomb near a refugee centre after allegedly having paramilitary training in Russia. (France 24, 15 June 2022)

21 June: Belgian authorities repatriate six Belgian women and sixteen children, aged 12 and under, from a camp in Syria, in the largest operation of its kind since the defeat of IS in 2019. The women have been sentenced to jail in their absence for links with IS, and on arrival are taken into custody, while their children are taken into care. (Euronews, 21 June 2022)


17 June: The Court of Justice of the EU rules that Austria’s 2019 policy that linked family allowances to the place where children lived, amounted to indirect discrimination on grounds of nationality. (Euronews, 17 June 2022)

21 June: The French Council of State says the government was right to challenge a ruling by the city of Grenoble that full-body swimsuits for women are allowed at municipal pools, because ‘very selective exception to the rules to satisfy religious demands… risks affecting the proper functioning of public services and equal treatment of their users’. (Al Jazeera, 21 June 2022)


9 June: Race Equality First reports 21 cases of racism in Welsh educational settings this year, criticising schools for ‘very rarely taking action’. (BBC, 9 June 2022)

9 June: A survey of students carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute finds that ‘cancel culture’ has not diminished students’ freedom of speech, with over 64 percent of students strongly agreeing with the statement ‘I feel comfortable expressing my viewpoint, even if my peers do not agree with me’. (Times Higher Education, 9 June 2022) 

10 June: Top drama school the Guildhall School of Music and Drama apologises for the ‘appalling’ racism that actors Paapa Essiedu and Michaela Coel experienced while attending the institution. (Guardian, 10 June 2022) 

12 June: The Telegraph criticises the Open University’s anti-racist training programme, Union Black, which supports the idea that ‘cancel culture’ can be beneficial for social justice given that it holds people ‘accountable for immoral or unacceptable behaviour’. (Telegraph, 12 June 2022) 

16 June: A BBC investigation concludes that the cost-of-living crisis is increasing financial and mental health pressures for underprivileged students who are being denied extra financial support and are being forced to choose between staying in education or joining the workforce early. (BBC News, 16 June 2022)


9 June: In its report on Denmark, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance calls on the government to review its’ parallel society’ policy which classifies people as ‘westerners’ and ‘non-westerners’, leading to forced evictions of families from a migrant background instead of positive incentives to facilitate diversity. (Council of Europe, 9 June 2022)

12 June: Of the 6,247 people referred for treatment at the NHS Grenfell Health and Wellbeing service, 1,476 are children being treated for the trauma they experienced and their newfound triggers for fire-related anxieties. (Sky News, 12 June 2022) 

14 June: As politicians attend a Westminster Abbey service on the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people, survivors say the government ‘should feel ashamed at the complete lack of action and continued carelessness’. (Guardian, 14 June 2022)

Grenfell graffiti that reads "Love to Grenfell" with the names of those lost
“Love to Grenfell” memorial graffiti, June 2022. Credit: duncan c, Flickr.

15 June: A survey conducted by Places for People Scotland finds that public perceptions of social housing tenants continue to be tainted with stigmas of crime, anti-social behaviour and poverty, though police reports show higher burglary rates in privately rented communities. (Inside Housing, 15 June 2022)  

16 June: Under proposals published in a government White Paper, no-fault evictions, which have caused havoc for mostly disadvantaged tenants who have complained about unhealthy living standards in their accommodation, will be outlawed in England. (BBC, 16 June 2022) 


12 June: Over half of Leicester garment workers surveyed in a new study say they are paid below the minimum wage and receive no holiday pay, while almost half receive no sick pay, almost two years after revelations of poor conditions in the city’s factories. (Guardian, 13 June 2022) 


9 June: It is revealed that the NHS is recruiting overseas nurses from countries suffering shortages of health workers including Nigeria and Ghana, despite government guidelines saying they should not. (Times (£), 9 June 2022  

9 June: Doctors of the World UK publish a report exploring inequalities in maternity care experienced by migrant pregnant women and their babies: ‘They don’t count us as anything’. (DOTW, 9 June 2022)

15 June: The British Medical Association finds that ‘persistent and intolerable’ racism within the NHS is prompting black, Asian, and ethnic minority doctors to change their speciality or quit. (Guardian, 15 June 2022)  

19 June: The NHS marks Sickle Cell Day and launches a new campaign to increase awareness of the key symptoms of the disease which mostly affects people of Afro-Caribbean descent. (The Voice, 19 June 2022)


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14 June: Photographer Javier Bauluz is fined €960 under Spain’s controversial ‘gag law’ over an incident in November 2020 when he attempted to take photographs of migrants arriving at a rat-infested dock on the Canary Islands and was blocked by police, with the incident caught on video. (Guardian, 14 June 2022)

20 June: A social media panic is generated after unknown users create a fake headline attributed to the New York Post and a fake UNHCR press release, claiming that 500 million refugees from Africa are heading to Europe. (Euronews, 20 June 2022)

21 June: In Kassel, Germany, the organisers of an exhibition of artists from the global South cover up a work after complaints of antisemitic imagery. The Indonesian artists say that while the work was meant as a comment against the militarism and violence of the Suharto dictatorship, and other militarised regimes, they apologise for the hurt caused in the German context. (Guardian, 21 June 2022)


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13 June: York crown court sentences a 56-year-old man, convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment and carrying a knife on 4 March 2022, to three years in jail in light of his close to 350 prior convictions, including many for similar offences. (The York Press, 13 June 2022)

13 June: A 21-year-old man pleads guilty to racially abusing a group of Asian children and teenagers in Callendar Park, Falkirk in April 2021. The Falkirk Sheriff Court fines him £180. (The Falkirk Herald, 13 June 2022)

15 June: Two community organisations – Stroud Against Racism and Stroud Ukraine Refugee Support – speak out against the defacing of a Ukrainian flag, taken down from its post outside St Giles Church in Uley, Gloucestershire, and covered with racist words, on the night of 26 May. (Gazette, 15 June 2022)

15 June: A 53-year-old man from Boscombe is convicted of racially aggravated public order offences and a drunk and disorderly charge following instances of verbal abuse in April and December 2021 (Bournemouth Echo, 15 June 2022)

17 June: A 30-year-old man is jailed after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence, assault on an emergency worker and criminal damage to a police vehicle for racially abusing, assaulting and spitting at officers arresting him in Huyton on 15 June on suspicion of domestic violence. (Liverpool Echo, 17 June 2022)

18 June: A 53-year-old man from Frome is convicted of racially aggravated threats and criminal damage after ordering from a food van in December 2020, when he shouted racist abuse at the mixed-Caribbean vendor, threw food and attacked the van with a hammer.. (Somerset Live, 18 June 2022)

19 June: On the anniversary of the 2017 attack on worshippers at the Finsbury Park mosque which killed Makram Ali, its chair warns that Islamophobia has intensified since the attack, and calls on authorities and police to take the issue seriously. (Guardian, 19 June 2022)

The calendar was compiled with the help of Graeme Atkinson, Sira Thiam, Sigrid Corry, Donari Yahzid, Sophie Chauhan and Joseph Maggs. Thanks also to ECRE and Stopwatch, whose regular updates on asylum, migration and policing issues are an invaluable source of information. Find these stories and all others since 2014 on our searchable database, the Register of Racism and Resistance.

Headline image: Demonstrators at Brook House detention centre, Gatwick on Sunday 12 June . Photo Credit: Natasa Leoni

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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