sadiq khan calls for solidarity in the face of incidents of post-brexit racism

With a spate of racist incidents in the capital thought to be linked to the result of the EU Referendum, the London Mayor has called for solidarity in the face of “those who seek to divide us.”

by Felix Petty
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28 June 2016, 10:49am

In the wake of the EU Referendum there has been a reported 57% rise in xenophobic hate crimes in the country. Racist graffiti was found spray-painted on the entrance of a Polish cultural centre in Hammersmith on Sunday. Cambridgeshire police were investigating laminated cards being posted through people's doors saying, "No More Polish Vermin." There has been plenty of anecdotal evidence surfacing on social media to indicate that these incidents are just the tip of a rather disgusting iceberg.

A police source, speaking to the Guardian, said that it was not a coincidence that the proliferation of racist incidents has come off the back of Brexit. Although it's also well worth noting that #polesinuk was trending on Twitter yesterday, as people made clear the contribution that Polish immigrants have made to the UK throughout our history. That for every racist idiot in this country, there's someone to counter their stupidity.

Following these shocking incidents, Sadiq Khan has spoken out against the rise in racism. "It's really important we stand guard against any rise in hate crimes or abuse by those who might use last week's referendum as cover to seek to divide us."

London of course, overwhelmingly, voted to stay in EU, and has since the results came in, been the site of many protests in support of the rights of migrants, and refugees, showing how London stands against the small minded xenophobia and fear mongering that was such a feature of the leave campaign. Hopefully these will be isolated incidents, and that love will win out over fear.

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