British Prime Minister Theresa May answers questions during a Q&A session after making a speech at the British Academy in London on September 9, 2016. (AFP)
British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed “deep regret” over persisting hate crimes against refugees in a call to his Polish counterpart despite her own record of making anti-refugee statements.
“Hate crime has no place in the UK,” May was quoted as saying by a Downing Street spokesperson on Saturday during a phone conversation with Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo the previous day.
The diplomatic move came in response to a surge in crimes against migrant communities that followed the Brexit vote in late June.
Arkadiusz Jozwik, a forty-year-old Polish father, was attacked and killed by an angry mob at the end of August and two Polish men ended up in the hospital only days later after they were beaten by a group of thugs.
“Prime Minister Szydlo thanked her for the continuing support of the British authorities and expressed her gratitude that the home secretary and foreign secretary had received their Polish counterparts in London this week to discuss the incidents,” said the spokesperson.
May further highlighted “the action that both the government and the police are taking,”saying “she updated Prime Minister Szydlo on the UK’s new Hate Crime Action Plan.”
This is while May was known for her anti-refugee policies when as home secretary under her predecessor, David Cameron, when she aimed “to create a hostile environment” for illegal migrants and rolled out controversial “Go Home” vans.
The Polish Embassy in London has noted 15 xenophobic incidents in recent weeks, according to local press report in the UK.