A spike in racist abuse post Brexit vote

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Thursday

June 30, 2016

A spike in hate crimes has been reported in the UK since the country voted to leave the European Union. Turkey has suffered 434 terror attacks in the last year. And Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “very smart” and “tough to beat” in a 2014 interview.

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Brexit fallout: Since Britain’s vote to leave the EU, a series of xenophobic attacks against minority groups has stunned the country.

There’s been a significant spike in reporting of hate crimes since the result of the vote was announced on Friday, according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Many victims say the referendum result has served to legitimize racism in communities where an undercurrent of hatred already existed, BuzzFeed News’ Rossalyn Warren writes.

The experiences shared by the victims of racist abuse appear to follow a similar pattern: The harassment is public, often verbal, the perpetrator is described as visibly angry or laughing, and, in most cases, the victims have been asked to leave the country.

Such incidents have been condemned by the U.N. and Prime Minister David Cameron, while London mayor Sadiq Khan has assured the public that there will be additional vigilance.

Tell Mama, a charity that supports victims of anti-Muslim hate in the UK, says 30 cases of anti-Muslim acts have been reported to them since Friday.

And more Brexit fallout

Labour: Cameron has urged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down, telling him: “For heaven’s sake, man — go!” Corbyn, however, says he won’t quit and told a crowd of supporters that he would be “carrying on” as party leader, as his team prepares for a leadership challenge.

Conservatives: Pro-Leave Conservative Member of Parliament Michael Gove is running for leader himself. The justice secretary had been expected to back Boris Johnson — the former mayor of London — instead. Cameron said he’ll step down this fall following last week’s Brexit vote.

The vote to leave could lead to the loss of 100,000 financial jobs from the City of London, a former member of the European Parliament says. Please enjoy this Vine of Michael Gove falling over. These young scientists are afraid they’ll have to leave the UK because of Brexit. And how Brexit creates a big problem for Northern Ireland’s border.

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Turkey has suffered 434 terror attacks in the last year.

Tuesday’s attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport — one of the most secure airports in the world — shows how the country has gone from a destination for international commerce and tourism to becoming a magnet for terrorist violence.  

ISIS refuses to take responsibility for attacks in Turkey, sowing confusion while punishing the Ankara government.

In the last year, at least 671 people were killed and 1,719 people were wounded in 434 terrorist attacks by Kurdish separatist and Islamist extremists, according to statistics compiled by Verisk Maplecroft, a risk management consultancy.

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A beating at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, then months of silence.

Patients get beaten. Their assailants walk free. New York’s special agency dedicated to preventing abuse has vast prosecutorial power — and hardly ever uses it, Ben Hattem writes for BuzzFeed News.  

For the ultimate harm — death — the Center found 37 incidents in 2014 and 2015 when a caregiver’s abuse or neglect was involved in a patient dying. It prosecuted only one.

The agency regularly allows facilities where abuse happens to investigate themselves.

Elimeen Carter, a patient at Bellevue Hospital, was badly beaten by a hospital staff member in February 2014. The agency didn’t press charges for more than two years and when it did, the employee was charged with attempted assault instead of a more serious crime.

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Quick things to know:

  • U.S. presidential election: In a 2014 interview, Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton is “very smart” and will be “tough to beat” in 2016. He also promised to release his tax returns if he ran for president. (BuzzFeed News)

  • In tech: Facebook is tweaking its News Feed algorithm to show more stories from friends and family members — a move that indicates the social network is worried professional publishers are crowding out the normal people in your life. (BuzzFeed News) And ride-hail giant Uber is testing a new feature that tracks erratic driving. (BuzzFeed News)

  • #TurnUpToVote: The only thing that has ever made America great is extending life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all who call it home. (BuzzFeed) And U.S. voters, here’s how you can register to make sure your voice is heard in November. (BuzzFeed + TurboVote)

  • Three amigos: U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto pushed back against Trump and Brexit at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa. (BuzzFeed News) And they had the world’s most ~awkward~ three-way handshake. (BuzzFeed News)

Peña Nieto’s (left) hand was just left hanging, Trudeau (middle) literally had no idea what he was doing, and Obama looked both confused and as if he were counting down his days left in office.

Peña Nieto’s (left) hand was just left hanging, Trudeau (middle) literally had no idea what he was doing, and Obama looked both confused and as if he were counting down his days left in office.

Chris Wattie / Reuters

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