Macquarie Park Railway Station racist rant leaves immigrant ‘shocked and traumatised’

THE HILLS

Robbie Patterson       Northern District Times
August 28, 2013 9:30AM

Henri Fanda who works at Macquarie Park was racially abused by a commuter at Macquarie Park Station when he was with his young daughter and her friend. Source: News Limited

A MAN who suffered a racist tirade at a Sydney train station wants CCTV footage posted on YouTube to shame his attacker.

Henri Fanda who works at Macquarie Park was racially abused by a commuter at Macquarie Park Station when he was with his young daughter and her friend. Source: News Limited

Jakarta-born Henri Fanda his daughter, 10, and her friend were waiting for the lift next to a middle-aged caucasian man at Macquarie Park Train Station.

Mr Fanda said the man “unleashed” a string of profanity-laden racist comments, leaving he and his daughter “disappointed, shocked and traumatised”.

Gladesville Police are examining CCTV from the station.

“I was waiting for the lift while this man, he would have been about 50, was in front of me … I had taken my daughter and her friend to a Total Girl Magazine photo shoot, so they were a little excited,” Mr Fanda said.

“When the lift arrived he went in first followed by the girls and then me. I thought I heard him swearing or not very happy … I asked ‘what’s wrong mate’?

“He just turned around and unleashed.

“He said ‘you don’t belong in this country, go back to your country’.”

Mr Fanda has lived in the country since 1988 and became an Australian citizen four years ago.

The man told Mr Fanda that one of the girls had ran into him, but that both girls denied it.

“But even if they did, come on, they’re just kids,” he said.

To Mr Fanda’s surprise another man, about 70, got on the lift that “was taking an awfully long time to move”, who also abused him.

“I was just lost for words … I didn’t want to confront him … my daughter was nearly in tears,” he said.

Mr Fanda wants the CCTV footage released on YouTube to shame his attackers and “show people how ugly racism is”.

Gladesville Police crime manager Detective Inspector Doug Revette said police were investigating whether they was enough evidence to charge the man with racial vilification.

“We were investigating whether under the anti-discrimination act it is racial vilification. But the act is quite restrictive because it usually involves physical violence,” Insp Revette said.

Racial vilification carries a $5,500 fine and potential for six months in jail.

“There is no place for it in today’s society,” he said, addling that racially-charged verbal abuse can escalate into very serious crime, very quickly.”

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