Following the EU referendum, there has been a measurable spike in racist and xenophobic physical street violence. It is incumbent on all of us to build a tangible solidarity against racism.
If you see someone being racially abused, here are some tips for how to offer support: NOTE: Law of ENGLAND & WALES only.
The Police are institutionally racist
- Don’t rely on their support.
Before taking action, look for escape routes / CCTV cameras
- If you have to escape, try switching items of clothing around.
As a minimum, offer to walk someone being abused to a place of safety
- Be mindful of people approaching from behind. Use light/shadow and reflections to your advantage. If you need to wait, keep your back to a wall for 180° vision.
If someone makes a verbal or physical threat of racist violence, balance it with steps to defend yourself/another against them.
- Legally, this is to prevent hate crime through “necessary and reasonable” action.
More force might be justified against someone ‘bigger and uglier’ than yourself/another.
- Snap-judgements have to be made
- Less force might be called for where the assailant could be seen as physically vulnerable – eg. the difference between a block and a strike.
- Intoxication of either party can also affect a verdict.
- Remember, your actions will be judged by a racist justice system, not your mates.
These ideas might be applicable to countering racist graffiti too.
- Carry stationary, you might want to use a marker pen to cross out that swastika that’s been bothering you.
- Using keys to deface fascist stickers is definitely fair ga
If you are arrested, SAY NO COMMENT to all questions except your name and an address.
- If you have injuries or medical needs tell the station doctor in as few words as possible: they work for the cops.
- CALL A TRUSTED LAWYER for free rather than taking a duty solicitor
- When you get out, contact GBC or LDMG for free additional specialist legal support ASAP.