Racist and homophobic chants have been reportedly heard in the centre of London, days after London plays host to UK’s biggest Pride.
Chants of, “Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! First we’ll get the Poles out, then the gays!” was allegedly heard in Covent Garden, London over the weekend after over a million people participated in Pride In London.
A group walking down Drury Lane in Covent Garden, a short distance away from where Pride took place on Saturday, was heard shouting the racist and homophobic chant just days after the UK voted to leave the EU.
Hate crimes reports have surged 57 per cent since the vote.
Colin Appleby told Gay Star News that he heard the chants as he went to bed.
“I was in bed just drifting off to sleep when I heard them.
“There had been football chants all day long from the direction of the pubs so didn’t really pay much attention until the words became clearer.
“This is Drury Lane in Covent Garden, London, it’s the home two theatres, a plethora of restaurants and bars and it is in liberal, tolerant London.
“To those who voted Leave but didn’t have the balls to stand up and counter the racism underpinning that campaign, I say be careful what you wish for.”
The incident has been reported to the police.
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