Should attacks on goths be classed as hate crimes?

News that Great Manchester Police have begun classifying assaults on goths, punks and emos as 'hate crimes' has sparked a debate on Twitter:

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Subculture hate crime to be recorded - About time! I was bullied heavily for being a Goth!! R.I.P Sophie Lancaster x http://t.co/ENyRFjOZQz

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I don't really think anti-goth "hate crime" is as serious as homophobic or racial abuse tbh

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Is being attacked for being a punk or goth a hate crime? Or just a teenage attack. One group attack others, back to mods and rockers times

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Attacks on goths 'hate crimes'

Greater Manchester Police have become the first force to record offences against goths, emos and punks as hate crimes.