Racist incidents feared to be linked to Brexit result
The Polish ambassador to Britain urged politicians to condemn what had happened. Witold Sobków’s intervention came after a number of incidents involving graffiti targeting Polish nationals in the UK. Sobków, who said the issue would be discussed in talks on Monday, tweeted: I am sure British politicians, our friends, will join us in condemnation of hate motivated acts
8:32 PM – 26 Jun 2016
The Polish embassy tweeted: Thank you for solidarity with #PolesinUK following incident in Hammersmith this morning. We are in contact with @posklondon and local police
6:27 PM – 26 Jun 2016
Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham, condemned the act on Twitter as “an unspeakable crime” and “indescribably awful”, adding: Further, let us all say it loud & clear that Poles are incredibly welcome in the UK & the word “Solidarity” never felt more appropriate.
12:22 PM – 26 Jun 2016
The incident comes as Cambridgeshire police are investigating reports of racist laminated cards being distributed in Huntingdon on Friday in the hours after the leave result was announced. According to reports from the Cambridge News, a number of cards saying “Leave the EU/No more Polish vermin” in both English and Polish were found outside St Peter’s school by teaching assistants and students, including an 11-year-old Polish child, who reported they made him feel “really sad”. Cards bearing the same message were posted around a number of properties, police confirmed. Sayeeda Warsi, the former chair of the Conservative party, has warned that since the referendum result was announced people were being stopped in the street and told to leave the country.
“I’ve spent most of the weekend talking to organisations, individuals and activists who work in the area of race hate crime, who monitor hate crime, and they have shown some really disturbing early results from people being stopped in the street and saying look, we voted Leave, it’s time for you to leave,” Lady Warsi told Sky News. “And they are saying this to individuals and families who have been here for three, four, five generations. The atmosphere on the street is not good.” Warsi originally backed the leave campaign, but switched to support remain, calling the Leave campaign “divisive and xenophobic”.