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Ba Ba Brexit Land: Time to stem violence

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Flowers at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Westminster

A young boy was attacked in Enfield at a playground. A Kurdish asylum seeker is struggling for his life in a hospital bed. We are not challenging the democratic will of the British voters. But at this crucial hour, we must stand firmly against xenophobia, regardless of our stand on IN or Out, cast, creed and colour. Remaining silent will give xenophobes a mandate to continue their attacks on innocents like the boy in the playground…writes Kaliph Anaz

Flowers at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Westminster

Is there any room for violence in democracy? The answer is a big YES for some Brexiteers. Are we heading for another “rivers of blood era?” A young British Indian boy was attached at a playground in Enfield. The police action was shocking. They asked the mother of the victim to dial 999 for support. What a shame!

Two thugs shouted: “Go back to where you came from, we don’t want you here.” Even providing the pics of the attackers, the police are still searching in the dark.  “My son has been taken to the hospital in an ambulance, I have been assaulted by a couple well known in the area, who other WHITE neighbours refuse to have any knowledge of,” said Poonam Joshi, an Indian-origin journalist working for a prominent TV channel. “This is not the first racist attack on us, what do we do? Give in? Move into a more ‘ASIAN’ area? Or fight back? My bruises will heal but how will this country heal from the consequences of BREXIT will be an interesting to watch. I’ve always considered myself British, [but] I found myself questioning my identity after this incident.”

Another young man is in critical condition after an assault in Croydon. As a nation, we should be ashamed that such deplorable incidents are now so common. Chickens are coming home for roosting. The inflammatory anti-European, anti-immigrant rhetoric used during the Brexit campaign has now translated into violence, verbal and physical, and some hate crimes have been far worse than these personal stories of abuse.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan) (djj)

In both the incidents, people were just watching the thugs assaulting the victims. Are we really British? Where is the so called Britishness to help the support the under privileged and marginalised sections in the society? Through inaction, the government is paving the way for xenophobes to unleash racial attacks on fellow residents, citizens and nationals who appear to speak or look foreign. They are thinking they got the mandate to drive immigrants out of the country. They don’t know even the person who triggered the Article 50 will fail the mandate test if we check her credentials.

We are not accusing All Leave voters as xenophobes or racists, but the silence of top leaders in the issue is making suspicious. They are worried about their vote bank. Even the leaders of the Remain camp are shoring up their support by completely surrendering in front of the Leave camp.

Democracy needs debate. The failure of main opposition – Labour under Jeremy Corbyn – making the system vulnerable. It is free for all for the May government and the prime minister obsessed with Hard Brexit. Who will take care of the interest of the 48 per cent voted in favour to remain in the EU? We are not challenging the democratic will of the British voters. But at this crucial hour, we must stand firmly against xenophobia, regardless of our stand on In or Out, cast, creed and colour. Remaining silent will give xenophobes a mandate to continue their attacks on innocents like the boy in the play ground. We are appealing to the communities to set aside the differences to build a new Great Britain. There is no room for hate and intolerance in our Great Country. After triggering the Article 50, technically we are Brexiteers now.

Mayor Sadiq Khan is appealing to help the three million EU migrant workers to remain in the EU. But nobody is listening. Dr Kailash Chand, former deputy head of British Medical Association, is warning an exodus from NHS. It will affect the patient care across the country. There are lessons to be learnt from the past experiences. We hope the government will take immediate action to stem the rise of hate crimes across the country.