It would be wrong to say there are any more racists in the UK now than there were on Wednesday.
These people have simply been emboldened by vote to leave the European Union on Thursday – a choice that they have decided reflects their own opinions of people from foreign lands and races other than white Europeans.
That is why we get the following:
Far-right demonstrators took to the streets … demanding repatriation of immigrants in the wake of the Brexit vote.
A tense stand-off took place in Newcastle city centre as groups defending refugees gathered to oppose the demo.
Supporters of the Newcastle Unites group gathered at The Monument, chanting “Refugees Welcome” and “Nazis out”.
Opposite stood members of the English Defence League, North East Infidels and National Front who shouted their counter arguments.
A Twitter user named Luke Lewis posted an image of Sadiq Khan at a LGBT Pride event on his public Facebook page. Here are some of the responses:
I fear what will happen here.
This kind of behaviour is highly provocative. It only needs one person to retaliate and then these people will be crying that the foreigners have started on them – when they are to blame.
So perhaps it is in everybody’s best interests to remember that behaviour likely to increase feelings or actions of hatred against members of another race or religion are contrary to the Public Order Act 1986. All the people who posted racially intolerant messages should be reported to the police in order to ensure the authorities take proper – corrective? – action.
That goes for people committing racist acts in the street, as well – although in these cases you’ll need to contact police at the time and, if you don’t know the culprits, you’ll need to be able to provide a good description (or a photograph if you can take one without attracting unwelcome attention).
We still have laws against this aggression, folks.
Know them. Use them. Keep the streets and the Internet clean of this filth.
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