Liberal Democrats in Tower Hamlets have condemned the latest suspected racist attack in the wake of last month’s European Union referendum vote.
Elaine Bagshaw, Liberal Democrat GLA candidate for City & East, said the attack on the Brick Lane curry house owned by leading remain campaigner Amzal Hussain was a “disturbing development” in the borough.
Mr Hussain told the East London Advertiser that he fears that windows in his restaurant were smashed last week because he had been vocal during the referendum campaign, including making appearances on Bangla TV in support of Britain remaining in the EU.
Figures released by the Met Police last Tuesday showed that in the days after the referendum result, allegations of hate crime in the capital soared by 50 per cent.
Tower Hamlets voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU by 73,011 to 35,244.
Elaine Bagshawe said:
“This attack is a disturbing development in our borough which over centuries has been the first place that many immigrants came to build their new life in the UK.
“I commend Mr Hussain’s call for people to come together after the attack on his business and applaud his willingness to accept the views of others – including those he campaigned so hard against during the referendum.
“Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats are determined to stand up for tolerance and internationalism, particularly in the wake of this divisive referendum. We will not allow the result to give licence to racists and xenophobes and will continue to campaign loudly in the defense of our diverse community and liberal values.”