Ian Walker on Twitter felt that the Car Free Minority is being targetted and thought of the idea of perhaps making Car-free ‘Lifestyle’ as a religion for some legal protection.
But another idea suggested was the issue of Hate Crime. I was hit by a glass bottle by someone whilst on my bike.
Is it harrassment or hate crime?
Hatecrime from Wiki:
“Hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) happen when an influential mind targets a victim because of their membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation.
A “hate crime” can take two forms: “hate crime” generally refers to criminal acts which are seen to have been motivated by hatred of one or more of the listed conditions. The second kind is hate speech, which is speech defined as crime. While hate crimes are rarely debated, the hate speech concept is controversial, as criminalizing speech can be seen as impugning freedom of speech. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters.”