A man is walking around with his passport on display as a 'safety precaution' after Brexit

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Tuesday 28 June 2016 15:40
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Racially-motivated verbal and physical abuse is on the rise in a post-Brexit Britain.

A Polish community centre was targeted on Sunday, and numerous people have taken to social media to share their own experiences of abuse.

And amidst the serious implications, one man has tried to lighten the situation with the following video:

Have to take safety precautions when I leave the house now.

Twenty-year-old student Nalin Dissanayake, who grew up in south London uploaded the tongue-in-cheek video onto his Facebook on Friday.

In the 10-second clip he walks down the street, throwing fearful glances around him as he clutches a British passport.

Dissanayake told Huffington Post:

A few who have shared my video had a good go at being a racist. ‘Where did he steal that passport from?’ Or ‘Who did he marry? Probably a nine-year-old.

The post has been shared over 10,000 times to date, with people being amused and worried in equal measure.

Because beneath the humour, the video highlights a worrying trend.

In a press release following the referendum result, the Muslim Council of Britain cited 100 incidents of reported hate crime since Friday.

The Secretary General of the council, Dr Shuja Shafi wrote:

Now we are witnessing the shocking extent of this with reports around the country of hate speech and minorities being targeted. We need leadership now more than ever before. Our country is experiencing a political crisis which, I fear threatens the social peace.

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