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.
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.”
“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.
“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.