Afzal Khan hits out at “racist vandals” who defaced a Church property

Monday 03rd August 2020 10:37 EDT

Local councillors have hit out at 'racist vandals' who defaced a bus belonging to a church in Longsight. Vandals sprayed the words 'All Lives Matter' across the front of the vehicle owned by the United Church of God Assemblies on Rushford Street according to Manchester Evening News.

Reacting to the incident, Gorton MP Afzal Khan said he was 'shocked and angered'. He tweeted, "My solidarity is with the congregation of United Church of God Assembly in Longsight. If you have any information about who might have carried out this attack, please get in touch with @gmpolice."

It is not known exactly when the bus was damaged. However, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar said the congregation at the church are 'predominantly black' and that the vandalism was a 'deliberate attack to spread hate and divide communities'. He tweeted, " I am appalled that racist vandals have targeted a vehicle belonging to a church in Longsight with a predominantly black congregation.

"This is a deliberate attack to spread hate and divide communities but we will not allow them to succeed. I've lived in Longsight for nearly 30 years and it's a very diverse place.

"I was absolutely appalled to hear about this especially as the George Flloyd mural was also vandalised. The fact that this is a congregation from a predominantly black background shows this was a deliberate act of vandalism and racism."

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