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Post-Brexit Racism Documented On Social Media

300 incidents were reported in one week.

02/07/2016 15:21 | Updated 02 July 2016

Last week the Huffington Post UK compiled a list of racist incidents reported on social media in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Since it was published such stories have continued to emerge.

More than 300 hate crime incidents were reported to a national online portal in the week following the vote - compared to a weekly average of 63, new figures from the National Police Chiefs' Council show.

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Scores of people have been documenting their experiences of racial abuse since Friday’s result.

A report released this week shows a number of shocking incidents reported to Tell MAMA.

Examples of the racist behaviour documented includes a taxi driver telling a Muslim woman that he voted to leave the EU “to get rid of people like you”.

Other people report being called a “p***” and physical abuse.

On Tuesday a German woman who has lived in the UK for 43 years called LBC’s James O’Brien in tears after she had dog excrement thrown at her house.

The caller, identified as Karen, sobbed as she told O’Brien that she was “too scared” to leave the house after her neighbours told her they did not want foreigners living on the street anymore.

Two people were arrested on Friday after a Polish shopkeeper with a heart condition collapsed during a race hate crime, reports the Press Association. 

A 53-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman are being questioned by police following an alleged incident at Bramley Shopping Centre in Leeds on Tuesday morning.

The 47-year-old victim, who has a pre-existing heart condition, is recovering at home after being taken to hospital for treatment.

The fallout from the EU referendum continued to stretch far beyond the political and economic arenas, as trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack hit back at the “racists and bigots” during a historic London festival set on Friday.

Frontman Robert Del Naja lamented last week’s public vote during a headline slot at Hyde Park for the opening night of the 2016 Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival, reports the Press Association. 

Playing Eurochild, a song they wrote in 1993 and had not performed for two decades, the vocalist said: “We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem (for Britain’s membership of the EU).

“As sons of immigrants, we (Del Naja and fellow band member Grant Marshall) are both very disappointed with the situation.

“We can’t allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bullshit going on at the moment.

“We can’t let the bigots and racists back into this situation. It’s bullshit.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asked Scotland Yard to be “extra vigilant” after a number of incidents were reported in the capital and around Britain, the Press Association reported.

“So 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.

“I’ve asked our police to be extra vigilant for any rise in cases of hate crime, and I’m calling on all Londoners to pull together and rally behind this great city.”

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