The referendum result has stoked dangerous nationalistic fervor across Britain.
The fallout following the British vote to leave the European Union has triggered an uptick in racist incidents.
An aversion to immigration has been at the forefront for the â€œleaveâ€ camp, emboldening xenophobes to reportedly come out of the shadows and publicly attack immigrant communities.
Eyewitnesses have taken to social media to describe incidents they have encountered, and an account called Post Ref Racism was started on both Twitter and Facebook to offer people a â€œspace to document the increase in racism,â€ according to the pageâ€™s description.
My home town of Newcastle. This afternoon. I feel like I am back in the 1980s. pic.twitter.com/8THD1xsn1Nâ€” David Olusoga (@DavidOlusoga) June 25, 2016
â€œIâ€™ve never had a day of so many people telling me to go back to Africa,â€ Olusoga told The Telegraph.
â€œTable next to me says to Polish waitress â€œHow come youâ€™re so cheerful? Youâ€™re going home.â€ Him and the missus started laughing.â€ Disgustingâ€” Jamie Pohotsky (@jamiepohotsky) June 24, 2016
A woman shouted â€œThereâ€™s one of them, send that backâ€ as a Sri Lankan child walked past with his mum.â€” Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) June 27, 2016
Gloucester @Tesco: â€˜this is England, foreigners have 48 hours to f**k right off. Who is foreign here? Anyone foreign?â€™ #Brexitâ€” Max Fras (@fullofeels)June 24, 2016
This weekend I and my family have witnessed 3 â€œwhen are you going home?â€ Racist incidents aimed at EU citizens here.â€” Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) June 26, 2016
My friends sonâ€™s just got a new nickname at school… the illegal. #lovelyâ€” Pole out of Belfast (@poleinbelfast) June 25, 2016
And a video uploaded to YouTube one day after the referendum purportedly shows a man exiting his car in the Hackney area of London and yelling â€œf*****g foreigner, go back to your countryâ€ at another driver.
Britainâ€™s Polish community has been specifically targeted by xenophobic sentiments. Police are investigating various â€œracially motivated hate crimesâ€œ targeting Poles in England.
Authorities first found leaflets saying â€œno more Polish verminâ€ in central England. Graffiti demanding that Poles leave the U.K. was later discovered at a Polish cultural center in London.
The spokesman for Polandâ€™s President Andrzej Duda demanded that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, the two primary leaders of the â€œleaveâ€ movement, condemn the â€œoutrageous barbarityâ€œ of these actions.
Prime Minister David Cameron responded to the incidents on Monday. His government â€œwill not tolerate intoleranceâ€ and condemns â€œsome of the incidents we have seen across the country over the weekend of intimidating migrants and telling them that they need to go home,â€ he said.
And a Labour member of parliament, Jess Phillips, tweeted that she would submit a question to Parliament to find out how many racial incidents had occurred over the weekend compared with prior to the referendum
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ByÂ Willa Frej | June 27, 2016