On the 7th July 2001, an Anti Nazi League rally legally gathered in Centenary Square, Bradford. Following earlier riots in other parts of the country and a recent ban on a National Front march in the city, sympathisers of the far-right movement gathered to confront the rally, resulting in the stabbing of an Asian man.
Tensions between Bradford’s British Asian and white communities exploded, resulting in two nights of intense rioting, including attacks on Asian-owned businesses and an arson attack on a local labour club.
Although the events of that summer left inevitable scars, they also triggered a new focus on uniting the diverse communities of Bradford. For this panel discussion, Editor of Eastern Eye Barnie Choudhury, QED Foundation Deputy Chief Executive Adeeba Malik and former head of BBC Yorkshire Tim Smith gather to reflect on how far the city has come since 2001 and the vastly improved community relations that exist today.