A Chinese Australian woman was attacked by a man in Burwood, in the suburbs of Melbourne, which has a large Chinese Australian population.
The Chinese woman, identified only as Lina, said she was waiting near a traffic light outside a shopping mall when a stranger came to her and yelled, “Get out of my country.”
She tried to avoid the Caucasian-looking man and walked away but the man punched her right in the face, which immediately started bleeding.
Chinese Australian 'punched in the face' in racist attack on Sydney street https://t.co/zcgU0B5ksI Burwood plaza. Poor lady— Anna (@spannaforce) March 2, 2017
A witness of the attack, who remained anonymous, said she was driving past the road when she saw the incident. She tried to intervene by slowing down the car and honked to get attention from other drivers, but in return the attacker allegedly started shouting at her and hit her car windows.
“I was thinking that if someone would get out of their car to intervene, I may get out my car too,” she said.
The witness was driving with her children and there was a long line of cars behind her, which forced her to drive away. However, she managed to come back and check Lina, who at that point was bleeding excessively.
“When I told my kid that I want to go back and check, they were a bit scared. I said, 'We can't leave the poor girl alone,’” she said.
Lina believes the assault was “a severe racial attack.” The anonymous witness also backed Lina’s comments and said, “Even if it is not considered as a racial attack, I think we still need to be concerned. I hope my witness [evidence] can help the Police to fast track the case.”
According to a report, almost 40 percent of racial attacks in Australia occur in public places. A majority of people who witness these racial attacks choose to remain out of it and don’t help the victim.
Priscilla Bryceis, managing director of a nonprofit organization said, “They’re more likely to assist if someone else initiates a response. But also, people can also [sic] remain quiet if they don’t feel safe to speak up or step in, or if they feel unsure of what to do or say to help.”
‘Get out of my country’: Sickening attack: A CHINESE Australian woman was left bloodied… https://t.co/7leqOY6G83— tyyguana (@tyyguana) March 2, 2017
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