Some 800,000 Poles live in the U.K. but after their cultural center in London was vandalized, during a spate of hate crimes in recent days, many are wondering if the post-Brexit era means they are no longer welcome. Mana Rabiee reports.
The message was clear...graffiti telling Poles in London to 'get out'. Joanna Mludzinska of this Polish cultural center is wondering...-- after last week's Brexit vote -- was it racially motivated? (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIR OF POLISH SOCIAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION JOANNA MLUDZINSKA SAYING: "You'd have to think that's what it was, otherwise why would somebody come especially to the Polish center to write that? " It was just one of several hate crimes after the U.K. voted last week to exit the European Union, a decision many think was out of concern over immigration… and leaving many Poles here, like Margaret Bejnarowicz, worried. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLISH RESIDENT MARGARET BEJNAROWICZ SAYING: "I'm just devastated to find out that suddenly after 50 years this could happen here. It's just incredible." (nats angry MP) MP's in parliament are angry over the attack at the cultural center, and Prime Minister David Cameron says he's spoken with his Polish counterpart about it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "We must be very clear about our commitment to tolerance and to diversity, and our complete intolerance of racism and hateful hate crimes as we've seen in recent days." Some 800,000 Poles live in the U.K. Now, many of them are wondering if some in Britain are telling them that they're no longer welcome