“The legitimate frustrations propelling poor and working class people to vote “leave” are not going to subside as a result of this catastrophe.”

ANOHNI has shared a powerful essay on Facebook addressing the recent EU referendum that saw 52% of the UK vote to leave the European Union.

Criticising what she perceives as the exploitation of the poor and working class by “nationalists and racist mavericks and the uber wealthy” to swing the vote in favour of the Leave campaign, ANOHNI said: “Brexit is not the wisdom of the poor at work; it is a prison riot, and those with the keys always win.”

“The legitimate frustrations propelling poor and working class people to vote “leave” are not going to subside as a result of this catastrophe. It is exactly during the cover of a crisis such as Brexit that the richest get even richer and bury their spoils in some far away land, while the poor eat each other’s faces,” she continues.

“People haven’t lost their jobs and securities over the last 30 years because of the EU. They have lost them for the same reason that they have lost them in US, because legislation protecting the interests of the majority of people has been cruelly and systematically thinned, while a corrupt mogul media, wearing the lambskin of the poor, advocates for the stinking rich exactly by misleading and manipulating working class minds and votes.”

She also believes that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will allow the power of multinational corporations, the nuclear and weapons industries and environmental deregulation to grow, saying: “The EU is… the only international governing body capable of having any significant influence over the United States and its actions. We forfeit a seat at the table of those conversations with volatile power at our own peril.”

She also criticises the United States for what she sees as its role in the outcome: “Brexit is the latest casualty in 25 years of United States’ criminal foreign policy, lack of accountability, and grotesque international negligence. Until the world perceives justice has been done, no balance can ever be restored. When will those responsible be held to account?” Read the full statement below.

ANOHNI’s impassioned statement on the EU referendum result is the latest of several this year. Her recent album Hopelessness tackled subjects such as drone bombs, environmental destruction and Barack Obama’s presidency head on, while she has also criticised Donald Trump and the Oscars and called on the LGBT community to do more to fight police brutality and climate change. [via Pitchfork]



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