Very sad news from Harlow, Essex. A Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik died on Monday from a vicious attack. It is alleged that the attack was racially motivated. It is alleged that the direct motivation for the attack by a group of teenagers was the fact Arkadiusz was speaking Polish with his friend while eating pizza in a Harlow shopping parade.
Our thoughts are with Arkadiusz’s family in this very difficult moment.
BBC, Evening Standard, The Sun, Mail Online and Metro all wrote about this shocking story. Arkadiusz moved in to the UK in 2012 and worked in a meat factory. He was known to be a family man spending time with his brother and children, and lived with his mum.
Left: Metro article, 31 08 2016
Arkadiusz is not the only victim of racially motivated hatred and bullying. In May a Polish schoolgirl Dagmara Przybysz committed suicide. It is alleged that racially motivated bullying was the reason for this tragic step of a young woman who will never experience life in its best. Reports mentioned that Dagmara had reported racial bullying to the school authorities but her concerns were unaddressed.
Left: Metro article, 19 05 2016
Even though hate speech, racially motivated discrimination and harassment, and hate crime are – sadly – not new to Eastern Europeans communities, it is fundamental that we, all Eastern European residents in the UK, stand up for ourselves.
Report all incidents to:
- The police: 999 in emergency and 101 if not an emergency
- an online service True Vision that allows for online reporting
- Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- speak with Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 if you’re not sure what to do
Saying nothing doesn’t help and won’t make it go away. We are all equal and should be treated as respected residents. A place of birth is not an excuse to bully, harass, discriminate and intimidate.