30 Jun 2016

Life After the EU Referendum

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“Stand together in ensuring that vulnerable people in our communities feel safe and secure.” Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council

Local people who have been subjected to racist abuse since the outcome of last Thursday’s referendum have been talking to Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council about what has been happening to them.

Swansea Bay REC has also been approached by others who are fearful of what will now happen in the Swansea Bay area as a direct result of a majority of this area’s population voting to come out of the EU. A major focus of unease among people, particularly those from Eastern Europe, surrounds what they see as a negative campaign by leaders of the BREXIT camp specifically directed at those who have made Swansea Bay their home in the past 10-15 years.

Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC Taha Idris, OBE JP said:

“People tell us that they have started to experience direct abuse such as “What are you still doing here, go back home” to snide remarks made in their presence about stopping all immigration.

“We are concerned that the next stage in this process could be physical assaults occurring on our streets.

“People who have made Swansea Bay their home for years need reassurance.

“We have to stand together in ensuring that vulnerable people in our communities feel safe and secure. At this time, we need local people, whether they voted REMAIN or LEAVE, to help us in ensuring that we continue to maintain our decent, tolerant society. As human beings we are all entitled to fairness, and respect whatever our differences.”

Swansea Bay REC Chair Nick Tregoning added:

“It’s clear that the great majority of people who voted for BREXIT did so for economic, and sovereignty reasons. Sadly however, a small group of racists still exist who think that the referendum result gives them permission to harass and bully people who they see as different to them. They’re wrong. It doesn’t.

“As the late Jo Cox MP said “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

“That is why Swansea Bay REC is calling upon local people, police, councils, and local politicians of all persuasions to spread the message of unity and cohesiveness throughout our area, and to operate a zero tolerance approach to racist activity of any kind.”

If you encounter a hate incident personally or you witness any incidents of this nature please report it to the VHS Team at Swansea Bay REC. Tel: 01792 457035. Email: aminur.rahman@sbrec.org.uk.

If you encounter any threat, violence or physical assault or if you feel the matter is of other criminal nature please report it to the Police by telephoning 101 or 999 (for emergencies), directly and also update us with your report.

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Taha Idris, OBE, JP, is the Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC Mr Idris has been in the equality and diversity field for the past 25 years He has served on the North West Regional Committee of BBC Children in Need. and more recently as a Board Member representing Wales on Community Fund and subsequently the Big Lottery Fund.
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