London’s mayor claims there has been a rise in Islamophobia, antisemitism and homophobia, with levels of abuse across the UK growing since the 2016 Brexit referendum.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has told The Times that he has been placed under 24-hour police protection after being subjected to violent abuse on social media.
According to Khan, it ranged from “name calling and trolling” to actual threats of terrorism.
“It can’t be right that one of the consequences of me being the mayor of London and a Muslim in public life is that I have police protection,” fumed Khan.
While admitting he had been the victim of racial abuse as a child, he added it had since “evolved” into a “torrent of Islamophobic abuse”.