Polish worker, murdered by British racists, commemorated

This 31 August 2016 video from Britain is called Polish ambassador pays his respects in Harlow [after the racist murder of Polish worker Arkadiusz Jozwik] .

By Nina Massey and Sam Russell in Harlow, England:

Vigil held in show of solidarity for Polish murder victim

Friday 2nd September 2016

HUNDREDS of anti-racists have held a candlelit vigil for a Polish man murdered in a suspected hate crime.

The Harlow community turned out in force on Wednesday night in a show of solidarity for Arkadiusz Jozwik, known as Arek, who was attacked in the Essex town on Saturday night.

He died on Monday from head injuries.

The 40-year-old and another Polish man were set upon outside a row of takeaway shops in what Essex Police believe was an unprovoked attack at around 11.35pm.

Campaign group Stand up to Racism organised the vigil at the scene of the attack to show solidarity with the Polish community in the town.

Faith leaders, campaigners, the Polish community and locals were among more than 200 people attending the event.

Sylwia Karwacka, 31, of Harlow, held a candle and stood with friends carrying a Polish flag.

“Arek was lying there,” she said, standing in The Stow shopping precinct. “He was my friend.

“We do nothing wrong and I don’t understand why young people would attack Polish people.

“We live the same as everyone. We work, we pay tax.

“It’s hard at the moment. I think ‘why him? Why Polish people? Why?’.”

She added that the death of Mr Jozwik had hit some sections of the Polish community hard.

“We’re scared to go somewhere, we’re scared to go out in case someone waits somewhere for you,” she said. “We don’t want to be scared. We want to live the same as everyone else. It’s hard.”

A supporter of Stand up to Racism Lauren O’Donnell said: “I wanted to show solidarity with the Polish and immigrant community in Harlow as they have suffered some harassment since Brexit,” she said.

“It’s a very vocal minority and the majority of us wanted to say ‘We appreciate you being here,’ and welcome people into the community.”

Adam Cochrane, joint chairman of Stand up to Racism’s Harlow branch, said the turnout was “amazing.”

He added: “The crowd couldn’t be more diverse. I think Harlow showed its real face today.”

A further community event is planned on Saturday in tribute to Mr Jozwik.

In a statement, Mr Jozwik’s family said they were “extremely devastated” by their loss.

Five 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail until October 7.

A number of xenophobic attacks on the large Polish immigrant community in the UK following the Brexit referendum are being exploited by both the Polish and British ruling class to strengthen their alliance, amid deepening divisions within the European Union (EU) and growing tensions with Germany: here.

Anxious Poles in the UK ‘won’t report hate crimes’. Fears over right to remain deter EU nationals from contacting police: here.

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