Spikes in racist abuse reported after Brexit

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Racist Incidents Increase In UK After 'Brexit'



Hate crimes and hostility toward people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds appear to be on the rise since the UK voted to leave the European Union Thursday. Seemingly emboldened by the Brexit vote, neo-Nazis and casual racists alike are making their feelings known, according to a slew of accounts posted on social media.

In several cases, Polish people were specifically targeted. In Huntingdon, a town north of the British capital, leaflets ordering "Polish vermin" to "go home" were left on cars. In London, a Polish cultural center had what the BBC described as "racist graffiti" scrawled across its entrance on Sunday morning. According to the Polish Embassy in London, there have also been other incidents of public hate targeting Polish people, who comprise the largest population of non-Brits in the United Kingdom; more people come to the UK from Poland than from any other EU country.

The stories so far are anecdotal—since the vote was just a few days ago.

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But, Jess Phillips, a member of the UK Parliament, tweeted that she is hoping to dig deeper, seeing how incidents like these over the last weekend compare to the week before, to determine how significant the spike in xenophobic incidents has been.

Many have taken to social media to share their experiences and those of others with the hashtag #PostRefRacism, although their claims were not independently verified. According to their accounts, some people across the UK have urged others who may not fit their definition of British to "go home."

















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Paul Nuttall, member of the European parliament, center, reacts to regional European Union (EU) results being announced at the Town Hall in Manchester, U.K., on Friday, June 24, 2016. U.K. referendum results pointed toward a vote to leave the European Union after more than four decades of membership, rocking markets globally and putting a question mark over Prime Minister David Cameron's future in office. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage reacts at the Leave.EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central London on June 24, 2016, as results indicate that it looks likely the UK will leave the European Union (EU). Top anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage said he was increasingly confident of victory in Britain's EU referendum on Friday, voicing hope that the result 'brings down' the European Union. / AFP / GEOFF CADDICK (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage (C) reacts at the Leave.EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central London on June 24, 2016, as results indicate that it looks likely the UK will leave the European Union (EU). Top anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage said he was increasingly confident of victory in Britain's EU referendum on Friday, voicing hope that the result 'brings down' the European Union. / AFP / GEOFF CADDICK (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
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