Friday 7 October 2016

Harlow protest after Polish man killed in assault

The vigil in Harlow

The vigil in Harlow

More than 200 local people demonstrated after a suspected racist attack in the town of Harlow in Essex in late August. Stand Up to Racism called the protest.

From Unity, anti-racist and anti-fascist magazine September-October 2016, issue 17. Email UAF to ask for printed copies

Polish migrant Arkadiusz “Arek” Jozwik, a resident of the town,  died from head injuries after he and a friend were attacked by a group of people on 27 August. The police told relatives that the attack started after the men were heard to speak Polish. Police arrested six teenagers on suspicion of taking part in the attack. They have been released on police bail.

Attacks have got worse since the vote to leave the EU in June, but the majority of people are disgusted by them which is one reason why it is so important to challenge the racists.

A silent vigil was organised by the local Polish community the following Saturday. However two Polish men were attacked the same night.

In another shocking assault a pregnant Muslim woman was racially abused and attacked in Milton Keynes. She was kicked so brutally that she miscarried.

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