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Jun
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Saturday 24th
posted by Will Stone in Britain

ETHNIC minority women have suffered the most amid a reported post-Brexit rise in hate crime, revellers at Glastonbury Festival heard yesterday.

Angelica Udueni, who helped create the Post Referendum Racism account on Twitter that encourages victims to send in their experiences, said women have been easier targets.

"This could be because we are generally more vulnerable and in some cases relate to religious dress," she told the festival’s Left Field stage.

"I’ve had people throwing fruit at me and telling me to go back home.

"And there are horrific incidents of Muslim women having their hijab pulled off."

However during the Brexit: One Year On discussion she said that there is more hope following the recent general election shift away from the right-wing narrative of Ukip.

"There’s now a real sense of hope and attitude for social change following the election," said Ms Udueni.

"Socialism is on the table now."

Scottish independence campaigner and trade union activist Cat Boyd argued that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was "good on Brexit."

She said: "Ordinary people are not obsessed with the EU but with material things like public services, jobs, wages and the ability to join a trade union.

"The EU is fundamentally a neoliberal movement that is not in the interests of ordinary working people."

But tensions rose after Labour MEP Seb Dance was heckled by an RMT member called Darren after the parliamentarian defending the EU as "not a privatising institution."

Darren, who had raised a point earlier about the EU’s attack on collective bargaining, screamed "it is" and "rubbish" before storming off.

The result of the referendum was announced on the first day of Glastonbury last year.

willstone@peoples-press.com




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