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Sunday, 20 April 2008

Around two-thirds of Britons fear race relations are so bad that they could spark violent clashes, according to a poll published by the BBC Friday, reports AFP.

A total of 64 percent said they thought racial tensions were certain, very likely or fairly likely to result in violence. Asked how much tension there is in Britain between different races and nationalities, 24 percent said a great deal, while 52 percent said a fair amount.

And 59 percent said that they either strongly agreed or tended to agree with the statement that there were too many immigrants in Britain. In addition, 49 percent said that the government should encourage immigrants to leave Britain, compared to 43 percent who said they should not and eight percent who did not know or declined to answer.

There have been a handful of racially-linked riots in Britain in recent years. In 2005, groups of young Afro-Caribbean and Asian men clashed in Birmingham, central England, over two nights, leaving two people dead.

And in 2001, inter-racial violence saw groups of youths go on the rampage in Burnley, Bradford and Oldham in northern England, all areas with large Asian populations.

The study, whose findings were described as worrying by one leading equality campaigner, was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of a notorious speech by lawmaker Enoch Powell warning about the impact of immigration on Britain.

It came to be known as the "rivers of blood" speech because it contained the line: "As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood."

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