A teenage asylum seeker is bedridden in hospital after he was accosted and brutally beaten by a group of people in Croydon, England.
The 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian boy was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside the Goat pub when a group of around eight people approached him and demanded where he was from. When they discovered he was a refugee, they chased the teen and launched a brutal attack on him, throwing him down on the ground and kicking his face and head repeatedly.
One of the witnesses, a resident of Shrublands Avenue, said, “There was a group of roughly 10 people that was kicking and punching him, and the rest, another 10 or 20, were all just around watching. You couldn't see who was hitting who.”
“He was getting kicked and punched by everyone,” they said. “Then when they heard sirens they started to go. People that were there, witnesses, because they couldn't do anything against a group of 30 people, they had to wait until they moved off and that's when they managed to help him.
“That's eventually when the ambulance and police (arrived), and that was it.”
The teenager suffered from a fractured skull and a clot in the brain. His two friends were also attacked but, fortunately, suffered only minor injuries.
Scotland Yard said Sunday that six people in their 20s — a 24-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman, three 20-year-old men and a 20-year-old woman — were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder, but the 20-year-old woman was soon released without charge.
Later on the same day, police arrested a 17-year-old girl along with two men, aged 26 and 23. These arrests bring the total up to nine. It is suspected there may be as many as 30 people who chased the asylum seeker.
Detective Inspector Gary Castle, from the Met Police, have asked people to come forward if they know about the identities of the attackers and said, “All communities stand together against hate. No one should be subjected to violent behavior, especially those who have come to London to seek refuge and a place of safety.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also condemned the racist attack:
Hate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else. The perpetrators of Friday's attack in Croydon will be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/qxNa0KiCSQ— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 2, 2017
Labor Party MP Jeremy Corbyn said he was “absolutely shocked” by the viciousness of the attack.
Absolutely shocked at attack on young Kurdish asylum seeker, who came here searching for safety. I fervently hope he makes a full recovery.— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) April 2, 2017
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot said, “Sadly, this is not an isolated incident, but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory government is yet to offer any effective response to.”
The director of advocacy at the Refugee Council, Lisa Doyle, said: “We’re disgusted to hear that a young man who fled to this country in fear of his life has been subjected to such a vicious hate crime in the very place he hoped to find safety.
“Hate crimes have no place in Britain or anywhere else. We hope the perpetrators of this appalling attack are swiftly brought to justice and we wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.”
Meanwhile, the Met police department has released photos (posted above) of three people they wish to identify, two of them who appear to be black. What’s sad is that many people on social media, rather than condemning the attack and wishing the refugee boy well, are now claiming it’s a refugee-on-refugee attack — never mind the fact that there is no proof that the men in the picture are asylum seekers and not locals. And the fact that two of them are black is also catering to some people’s racist whims.
So once again, the focus has been shifted from the victim’s plight to something completely irrelevant.
https://t.co/vkBhPlmd5X— Michael Graham (@Ironwand) April 3, 2017
Croydon 'hate' attack - Oh, look! two 'suspects' are black!
Took their time to point this out, didn't THEY?
So this is what the "far right" looks like now! Interesting - Images released over Croydon asylum boy attack https://t.co/dhBoOxSZJn— Tina (@ElContador2000) April 3, 2017
But, thankfully, some people think it doesn’t matter if the perpetrators were black and white.
#CroydonAttack Doesn't matter if attackers were black & white. The assault on the asylum seeker was a 'hate crime'. Arrest & bang em up. ??— Paul Patrick (@PaulTyredagh81) April 3, 2017
For those people who care, police are instructing them to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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