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Condemn the rise in racism and state how you are tackling the problem across the UK

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More than one hundred incidents of racial abuse and hate crime have been reported since the UK voted to leave the European Union [1]. Many of the alleged perpetrators cited the decision to leave the EU explicitly. The anti-immigration language of the referendum campaigns have created an atmosphere of hatred.

Many of my friends have been victims of this abuse. I cannot express how frightening it has become to be a person from an ethnic community. It feels like we have regressed as society, and are going back to the eighties.

The Polish embassy in the UK said it was shocked at incidents of xenophobic abuse directed at members of its community in the past few days. We know that people who voted for Brexit aren’t racist -- but the minority who are feel legitimized. It’s important that the Government condemns this behaviour before we no longer recognise the country we live in.

We’re living in turbulent times -- the country is in limbo and we don’t know what the future will look like. Silence is no longer an option. Instead of internal fighting and party politics, the Government needs to do it’s job and make sure that communities are safe. What we need right now is security and solidarity.

We need the Home Office to publicly condemn this activity, call for unity and to state how they are tackling the rising problem across the UK.

[1] Racist incidents feared to be linked to Brexit result

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