FIRST AIRED: June 27, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program

World

Feared Brexit link to surge in racist abuse

Opening sequence

Opening sequence

World

Feared Brexit link to surge in racist abuse

0:00
17:54
More Info

COMING UP:Feared Brexit link to surge in racist abuse

×

Transcript

00:00:01
>> Brexit, a surge in xenophobic abuse, and a Polish community targeted. It's been a stormy few days in the UK. And in some cases, perhaps no one has felt it more than Britain's minorities. I'm Reuters reporter Leann Winnhurst at the Polish Cultural Center in West London, which was targeted with graffiti on Sunday, three days after the Brexit vote.
00:00:25
And it is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime by police. Now just walking through the community today, many said they didn't want to go on camera, but that they were scared and didn't want to be heard speaking Polish in public. Immigration was a key theme of the referendum campaign.
00:00:43
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was accused of angry nativism for this poster. Westminster now trying to bring together a divided country. On Monday Prime Minister David Cameron called for calm.>> We have a fundamental responsibility to bring our country together. In the past few days we've seen despicable graffiti daubed on a Polish community center.
00:01:07
We've seen verbal abuse hurled against individuals because they are members of ethnic minorities. Let's remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country.>> Some now argue statements like these have come too late. Almost a million Poles moved to the UK since it opened its doors to EU nationals.
00:01:26
Polish is Britain's second most spoken language. But xenophobic abuse has now left many feeling unwelcome. And the choice the British public made just days ago has thrown their future into limbo.