Racist attacks soar after EU exit vote in UK

Violence, intimidation and calls of "Go home" directed at minorities from Europeans in England to non-white Britons

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd L) meets with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (2nd R) at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 25, 2016, ahead of the G7 leaders Ise-Shima summit. [Photo/Xinhua]
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd L) meets with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (2nd R) at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 25, 2016, ahead of the G7 leaders Ise-Shima summit. [Photo/Xinhua]

Britain “will not tolerate intolerance”, the office of Prime Minister David Cameron has said, after a series of racist incidents were reported following its decision to leave the European Union.

Number 10 Downing Street came out on Monday with the warning, less than a week after the country voted to leave the EU in a referendum.

“We should be absolutely clear that this government will not tolerate intolerance … intimidating migrants, telling them they need to go home,” Cameron’s spokeswoman told journalists.
The Polish Embassy in London earlier said it was “shocked and deeply concerned” by incidents of abuse directed at Poles and other Eastern Europeans living in England.

They include the posting of laminated cards reading “Leave the EU – no more Polish vermin” to members of the Polish community in Huntingdon, near the eastern city of Cambridge, on Saturday.

There were also reports of racist graffiti scrawled on a Polish community centre in Hammersmith, west London. The Metropolitan Police Service said it was investigating the claim.

Source: Al Jazeera

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