Media outlets reported a surge in hate crimes following Thursday’s vote to exit the European Union — which many believe was spurred by xenophobic undertones.
According to The Independent, over 100 incidents of racial abuse and hate crimes have been reported since the nation voted to exit the EU at a majority of 52 percent.
A Facebook group called “Worrying Signs” began documenting social media posts of discriminatory language towards individuals and cultural centers, like schools and places of worship, ProPublica reports.
Much of the hateful rhetoric is aimed towards people of Polish descent and Muslims. However, there are reports of abuse aimed toward other minority groups as well.
“There are very obvious links from the outcome of the result and people using it like a catalyst to say things like, ‘We are out of Europe so you now can’t be here’ or ‘Go back home,’” Gareth Cuerden said in an interview with TIME.
Cuerden is the head of hate crimes in Wales for the charity Victim Support. He told TIME his team received over 60 reports of hate crimes and incidences in Wales, including non-European racial groups.
David Cameron, UK’s Prime Minister, delivered a statement to the House of Commons Monday, saying he “will not tolerate intolerance,” and condemning
On Tuesday, a video taken by a passenger riding a train in Manchester showed a young White male in a tense confrontation with another male passenger.
The man repeatedly yells divisive threats, telling the other passenger to “Go back to Africa!” while also calling him a “f**king immigrant.” Toward the end of the video the White male throws beer at the other man while he exits off the train.
Cuerden says that media attention on Brexit aids in the uptick of hate crimes.
“When public figures, the press, and everyone focuses on a story that is specific to a characteristic like race or religion, we can expect an increase (in hate crimes),” Cuerden said, according to TIME. “We are expecting the same trend to come through with the EU referendum because there has been a big focus on race.”
“There’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO’s gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner,” Obama told an interview on Tuesday. “That’s not what’s happening.
“I don’t anticipate there’s going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this,” Obama further stated.
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