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Harlow residents pay tribute to murdered Pole

Arkadiusz J.

The residents of Harlow, in southeast England, on Saturday paid tribute to a Pole who was murdered in a reported brutal racist attack in the city.

More than 700 people participated in a silent march in Harlow, Essex, in memory of Arkadiusz J. (name withheld to protect his family’s privacy) who was beaten in a purported hate crime in the town.

The man eventually died from his injuries, sending shock waves around the British and Polish communities around the world.

The incident was the latest in a string of racist attacks against Poles in the UK.

“We must be united in this difficult time,” said the participants of the march on Saturday.

Those gathered in the location of the beating wore red and white scarves and carried Polish flags in solidarity with the Polish community.

On Saturday, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski met his British counterpart Boris Johnson who concluded that the two countries will not “tolerate xenophobia”.

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