UK Police Call Emergency Meetings After Explosion In Hate Crimes After Brexit

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Michaella Whitton via,
Jun 29, 2016

U.K. police chiefs have called emergency meetings following an explosion in hate crimes across the country. The horrifying spike in racist attacks, which have come in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, has prompted police to call for enhanced sentencing for those convicted of such disorder.

Scores of incidents of hate crime and racial abuse have been recorded since last week’s Brexit vote. Attacks have included the verbal targeting of those on the street who appear visibly different, an increase in immigration rhetoric, violent assaults, and vandalism on buildings. A startling Facebook album called “Worrying Signs” has been created to document incidents in which people have allegedly been targeted with racist assaults and xenophobic comments. It includes details of attacks on Polish community centres, as well as instances of people being called “Paki’s” and told to “f*ck off back to your own country.”

Earlier this week, a man was injured when a petrol bomb was thrown into a Halal food store in Walsall. The following day, three people were arrested in connection with an incident on a tram in Manchester. The incident provoked horror from the public after a video that showed the men telling another passenger to “get back to Africa” while throwing beer on him was shared widely on social media.

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