London holds post-Brexit anti-hate events
The “unity events” were organised by London Citizens, a local community organising alliance, and included marches and handing out of leaflets with the message “Love London. No place for Hate”.
“London doesn’t just tolerate difference, it celebrates it, so it’s great to see London Citizens’ members rallying together to show that there is no place for division in our communities.
“I urge anyone affected by abusive behaviour to report it to the police immediately, and for Londoners to pull together and rally behind this great city now more than ever,” said London mayor Sadiq Khan.
The UK’s National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) had last week revealed a five-fold increase in race hate crimes around the UK since the UK voted to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum.
“As a Mayor for all Londoners, I take seriously my responsibility to defend the capital’s fantastic diversity. I will operate a zero tolerance approach to any attempt to hurt and divide our communities, and I have asked the Met police (Scotland Yard) to be extra vigilant in tackling this deeply worrying rise in hate crime,” Pakistan-origin Khan said.
Meanwhile, a Muslim prayer event expected to draw more than 2,000 people in the beach town of Southampton has been cancelled because of rising racial tension.
The British Bangladesh Cultural Academy had planned the event on Monday and on Tuesday to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.