Prime minister David Cameron has condemned the rise in xenophobia after the vote.“Let’s remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country,” Cameron said. “We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks, they must be stamped out.”

The Leave campaign was dominated by calls to restrict immigration in the run up to the referendum. The campaign was heavily criticized for stoking fears about immigration, with some branding the campaign as racist and accused of launching a xenophobic propaganda.

A video widely circulated yesterday (June 28) showed a man on a tram in Manchester being called “an immigrant” and told to “get back to Africa.” They also threw beer at him. “You are extremely ignorant and not very intelligent,” the man retorted. “Do you know that?”

The majority of attacks were carried out by teenagers, in predominantly educational establishments and public transport. In the last year, a new report by monitoring group Tell MAMA suggests that it’s women who have been disproportionately targeted by Islamophobic attacks. It warned that the UK entering “unchartered territory“ after the referendum.

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