Two arrested for racially abusing Gurkha soldiers

June 24th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  


London, June 24 (IANS) Two British teenagers have been arrested after shouting racist abuses at Gurkha soldiers. The incident took place in Folkestone, about 100 km here, last week when the two, aged 17 and 19, allegedly insulted the Gurkhas with taunts of “go home” near their barracks, and has caused outrage among local politicians.

The men are said to belong to the Royal Gurkha Rifles, the former battalion of Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles.

Prince Harry served with the Gurkhas in Afghanistan before his recall earlier this year following a security leak about his whereabouts.

Councillor Peter Carroll called the behaviour “despicable”, adding: “Young people should worship the ground the Gurkhas walk on because they have done so much for Britain.

Councillor Dhan Gurung, a Nepali, said: “Things like this should not be happening.”

The teenagers were later freed on bail.

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