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Poppy wreaths honouring black and Asian soldiers are removed from memorial and dumped in the BIN 

Outrage as poppy wreaths honouring black and Asian soldiers killed in First and Second World Wars are removed from memorial and dumped in the BIN

  • At least 10 wreaths were taken from a monument outside Cardiff’s City Hall  
  • The wreaths honouring veterans of the world wars were left in or on a nearby bin 
  • South Wales Police is now investigating the attack as a potential hate crime

Poppy wreaths in honour of fallen black heroes of the two world wars have been found dumped on a bin in a suspected race-hate attack. 

At least 10 memorial wreaths were taken from a monument for ethnic minority men and women outside Cardiff’s City Hall and left in or on a nearby bin. 

South Wales Police is now investigating the attack as a potential hate crime after being alerted by equality group Race Council Cymru.

Race Council Cymru said: ‘We are shocked, horrified and distressed that our tributes to ethnic minority servicemen and women were picked up by someone and placed on the bin!

South Wales Police is now investigating the attack as a potential hate crime after being alerted by equality group Race Council Cymru

At least 10 memorial wreaths were taken from a monument for ethnic minority men and women outside Cardiff’s City Hall and left in or on a nearby bin

The memorial was unveiled in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 2019 after community groups campaigned for a tribute

The plaque says: 'This monument is installed in recognition and thanks for the contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served our country in World War I 1914-18 World War II 1939-45 and to date'

The plaque says: ‘This monument is installed in recognition and thanks for the contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served our country in World War I 1914-18 World War II 1939-45 and to date’

‘Our Commonwealth veterans who we honour should be respected and this is not respect!’

The memorial was unveiled in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 2019 after community groups campaigned for a tribute.

The plaque says: ‘This monument is installed in recognition and thanks for the contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served our country in World War I 1914-18 World War II 1939-45 and to date.’

Council leader Huw Thomas said: ‘I remember meeting the Butetown Elders a few years ago who wanted a fitting memorial, and remember their pride when the memorial was then unveiled.

‘This is an insult to their community’s sacrifice. We will try and salvage the wreaths, or else replace them.’

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