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‘Racist’ coronavirus free sheet prompts warning from council

2020-06-24 Source:www.brightonandhovenews.org Author:Frank le Duc

A free sheet was labelled “racist” and “full of distortions” by Brighton and Hove City Council today (Friday 19 July).

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The Epoch Times has been posted through thousands of people’s letterboxes across Brighton and Hove over the past few days.

It blamed China for the spread of covid-19 and accused party bosses of covering up the facts about the coronavirus.

Labour councillor Carmen Appich, who chairs the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee, said: “I am dismayed that this publication is being circulated in the city.

“Despite appearing professionally produced, it’s full of distortions and messaging that is frankly racist. It’s clear the organisation behind it is not to be trusted.

“We do not tolerate any form of hate in this city. Publications like this are not welcome here and will be referred to the police.

“We’ve made a commitment to amplify our actions on anti-racism to make sure everyone can live a full life free from discrimination and harm.

“We stand together with all of our communities and we are here to support anyone who has been harmed by receiving this publication or by any hate incident.”

The Wikipedia website described the Epoch Times as a “media extension of the Falun Gong new religious movement” which supports right-wing politicians including the American president Donald Trump.

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