Welsh Muslim told to 'pack bags and go home' following Brexit

Published: June 25, 2016
Shazi Awan is a businesswoman and Remain campaigner who has warned of the racism within Brexit rhetoric. PHOTO: TWITTER

Shazi Awan is a businesswoman and Remain campaigner who has warned of the racism within Brexit rhetoric. PHOTO: TWITTER

A Welsh Muslim who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union was asked to “pack her bags and go home”.

A businesswoman brought up in Caerphilly, a town in South Wales, Shazia Awan had campaigned for remain. She warned the results of the referendum reflect on the rising xenophobia that could increase racist abuse.

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In her opinion, the anti-EU debate had been driven by hate. Awan wrote, “The campaign was racist.”

“Don’t see how this country can heal itself. The UK is my home yet I feel alienated.”

In response to her tweet, Warren Faulkner, whose Twitter username is @foggyneiinfidel wrote, “Great news…you can pack your bags, you’re going home…Bye then.”

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“Every ethnic minority, every decent person, everyone who is in a mixed race relationship or from a black, Asian minority ethnic background are going to feel this now. Now start the vile tweets,” she said in response.

Awan also said she had witnessed a white man abusing a woman in Cardiff after accusing her of voting to remain in the EU, but the woman had not felt able to report it as a hate crime.

The Brexit campaign has been dubbed as a campaign to spread hate through racist ideas. During the campaign, Nigel Farage and his Ukip party were reported to the police for allegedly inciting racial hatred with a poster showing refugees “queuing” to get into Europe.

Sadiq Khan, new Mayor of London and Remain campaigner, told his predecessor Boris Johnson during one referendum debate that the Brexit camp’s claims it was not simply “anti-immigrant” were disingenuous.

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“You might start off with platitudes saying how wonderful immigration is. But your campaign hasn’t been Project Fear. It’s been Project Hate, as far as immigration is concerned,” he told Johnson.

This article originally appeared on Independent.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • M.S.
    Jun 25, 2016 - 3:25PM

    There is not one country of this planet where Muslims are in minority but have good relationship with majority. They live like fifth columnists with intention to destroy their host country. Recommend

  • Brexit rocks
    Jun 25, 2016 - 3:43PM

    Immigrants from south asia are selfish and would have wanted britan to stay in eu.Then they will migrate anywhere in eu and come to uk without any visa and settel there and spread their regressive cultureRecommend

  • abood
    Jun 25, 2016 - 3:57PM

    The leavers are behaving like pti followers now a days.here pti abuses people from the containers.there they are using twitter for it.All becuase bothe nigel farage and imran khan are foolish people who believe in divide and rule.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 25, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Ufff BREXIT / DT / elections / EU all are getting mixed up. Why should Ms leave UK for BREXIT ? BREXIT has nothing to do with Ms .Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jun 26, 2016 - 2:40AM

    They need to send her a ticket too. She seems to be a free loader to me like all her uncles and aunt who are on dole, welfare. She will not leave without a free ticket.Recommend

  • quatro
    Jun 26, 2016 - 5:02AM

    Racist? Seems to me the people in the UK were more upset by Easter Europeans coming to the UK to take jobs and use the welfare system than people of color. UK was the most racially diverse country B4 the EU and will likely remain so.Recommend

  • Jammer
    Jun 29, 2016 - 2:35AM

    Chacha jee you seem to be in that age where you are entitled to benefits and not this young lady. Not everyone lives on benefits in UK, mind you.@Chacha Jee: Recommend

  • Hayder
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:13AM

    If Pakistanis are asking for afghan to leave so they should do the same and leave Recommend

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