October 29, 2016


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.

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