LONDON: London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed he has round the clock police protection over hundreds of threats directed at him on social media.
He says the level abuse he’s receiving has escalated since the 2016 Brexit referendum which he says ‘normalised things that should not be normalised’.
City Hall reported 17 people to the police over a three month period last year after receiving almost 300 abusive emails and social media messages.
Khan told a media magazine that the abuse has escalated from ‘name-calling, trolling and threats to terrorism’.
He added: ‘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.’
The Labour MP said there has been a rise in Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and homophobia across the country but said he doesn’t blame people who voted to leave the EU. But he does think the EU referendum campaign ‘allowed things to come to the surface’ and led to a spike in hate crime.
He added: ‘People have got the impression, wrongly, that it’s OK to use the p-word or the n-word or the y-word when it comes to Asians, black or Jewish people.