In front of shocked witnesses, in the middle of the street in New York, the 65-year-old woman was kicked in the ground by a man, and then kicked repeatedly while lying down.
In a video released by the police, one can also see that security guards in the building right next to where the attack took place, witnessed the brutal act.
The woman, who is of Asian descent, is one of many victims of a growing hate crime against Asian Americans during the pandemic. A total of 3,800 different incidents have been registered, according to a new report, writes The Guardian.
The new wave of violence against people with an Asian background is linked, among other things, to Donald Trump’s repeated statements that the pandemic is China’s fault, and his use of the racist accusatory term “China virus”, writes the news agency AP.
The brutal attack on the 65-year-old woman was captured by surveillance cameras. The videos show that the woman was walking along the street in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, when the man attacked her.
The woman is said to have been on her way to the church when the attack took place, reports AP.
According to police, the man first kicked her stomach. He then kicked her in the face repeatedly, while shouting several anti-Asian insults at her, writes The Guardian.
– You do not belong here, he should have said, according to AP.
Then he went on undisturbed, the recordings show.
According to The Guardian, the woman was hospitalized with serious injuries.
New York police have arrested and charged a 38-year-old man with assault, ABC News reports. He is charged with, among other things, hate crime and attempted assault.
The man has previously been convicted of stabbing his mother to death in 2002. He was released on probation in 2019, and is said to have lived at a center for the homeless in the area where the attack took place.
There were several witnesses to the incident, but no one intervened when the woman was kicked down.
This provokes both anger and enormous reactions. Across the United States, there is now an increase in anti-Asian violence, according to the AP.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio describes the action in the video as “disgusting and outrageous” and says “it is absolutely unacceptable that witnesses did not intervene”.
“I do not care who you are, I do not care what you do, you have to help your New Yorker,” de Blasio said during a press conference on Tuesday.
However, the leader of the union representing the workers in the building disputes allegations that the security guards did not act when the attack took place. They immediately called for help, says the union leader.
– Can not look
Among the witnesses to the incident, there must have been two security guards, who worked inside the building where the surveillance camera was mounted, writes AP.
– If you see that someone is being attacked, do whatever you can, they say Blasio.
– Make sound. Shout out what’s going on. Try to help, and get help immediately. Call 911, he continues.
– Here we must all be part of the solution. We can not just stand by and watch such an heinous act take place, says the New York mayor.
So far this year, 33 cases of hate crime have been registered with an Asian victim in New York, according to the police, against 11 at the same time last year, writes AP.
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