Asian woman racially vilified on Gold Coast tram and told “speak (expletive) English” in video

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ANDREW POTTS, Gold Coast Bulletin
October 29, 2016 1:00am

A WOMAN has been filmed racially abusing an Asian passenger on the Gold Coast light rail and screaming at her to “speak (expletive) English”.

The disturbing vision was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday and shows a blonde woman screaming at a nearby passenger.

A woman filmed racially abusing an Asian woman on the Gold Coast Light Rail. SCREEN GRABS FROM YOUTUBE

A woman filmed racially abusing an Asian woman on the Gold Coast Light Rail. SCREEN GRABS FROM YOUTUBE

“See. Australian, thank you. You need to (expletive) speak English, mate,” the woman said.

The Asian woman responded saying, “I do”.

The older woman hit back saying, “(expletive) speak it …. you’re (expletive) in Australia, speak English”.

The woman who was the target of racial abuse from a caucasian woman on the Gold Coast Light Rail. SCREEN GRABS FROM YOUTUBE

The woman who was the target of racial abuse from a caucasian woman on the Gold Coast Light Rail. SCREEN GRABS FROM YOUTUBE

While she was yelling, several passengers on the tram can be heard telling her to stop.

The video, which runs for a little more than a minute, was filmed at night while the tram was stopped at a station.

It appears to have been filmed by a group of students from Merrimac State High and has been watched more than 60 times.

The woman’s actions have been condemned by tram operator, GoldLinQ.

The woman was booed and shouted down by fellow tram passengers.

The woman was booed and shouted down by fellow tram passengers. SCREEN GRABS FROM YOUTUBE

A GoldLinQ spokesman urged passengers who were on the light rail at the time to come forward.

“It’s disappointing when we see this type of behaviour within the community and we encourage people to contact QPS or a member of our staff for assistance,” he said.

“Tram passengers can use the emergency help points located at each tram door and at stations when staff are not in the immediate area.”

It is unclear when the incident took place and it has not been reported to either GoldLinQ or the police.

GoldLinQ have since passed the video on to the Queensland Police Service for investigation.

Gold Coast district Superintendent Craig Hanlon condemned the attack and said it would “certainly” be investigated.

“We mostly definitely will be looking into this,” he said.

“I believe in an inclusive and holistic society in which people respect each other and this does not meet community standards so police will certainly be investigated.

Superintendent Craig Hanlon said the abuse featured in the video was unacceptable. Picture Glenn Hampson

Superintendent Craig Hanlon said the abuse featured in the video was unacceptable. Picture Glenn Hampson

“People should be able to move safely through to their destination without having to be subject to this kind of behaviour.”

Surfers Paradise police station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim Munckton urged witnesses of the incident to come forward.

“I have reviewed the footage and it would appear on the information provided that this incident has not been reported to police,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Jim Munckton urged witnesses to come forward.

Senior Sergeant Jim Munckton urged witnesses to come forward.

“Should any person wish to report the matter they can contact Policelink 131444 or contact their local police station.”

It is the latest incident of racial abuse on public transport in Australia in the past two years.

In April last year a Muslim woman was verbally attacked on a Sydney train while in December another Sydney woman was abused for speaking to her mother in Spanish.

In September last year NSW police arrested a Sydney woman for hurling racial abuse at an Asian woman on a bus.

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Police hunt Logan anti-Islam abuser who exposed backside to woman

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September 24, 2015 – 1:14PM

Kim Stephens Journalist

A Muslim woman told police she was subjected to a sustained anti-Islamic tirade outside a Logan shopping centre on Wednesday, during which time she captured the man on video baring his backside at her and her two young children.

The woman reported the incident to the Islamophobia Register Australia, an online site dedicated to exposing incidents of anti-Islamic abuse, after saying two calls to police for help went unanswered.

Site organiser Mariam Veiszadeh said she spoke to the angered woman in the wake of the attack, who told her the tirade continued for more than half an hour, during which time her calls to police were not responded to.

The man police are searching for over a sustained anti-Islam tirade on a Logan woman. Photo: Supplied

At the urging of Ms Veiszadeh, an advocate for Australian Muslims and a lawyer, the woman then went to Logan police to report the abuse in person.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police attended the shopping centre car park after the second call but could not locate the woman.

They are now searching for the man.

A still from the video taken by a Muslim woman at a Logan car park on Wednesday. Photo: Supplied

The woman told Daily Mail Australia the man hurled multiple obscenities at her, accusing her of terrorism and being unemployed, as she sat in her car waiting for her husband with her two children, aged five and eight.

She was wearing a niqab, which exposed only her eyes.

The German woman, a teacher, converted to Islam 16 years ago, Ms Veiszadeh said.

The man police are searching for. Photo: Supplied

“She felt the need to continue to explain to me, ‘I can’t believe he said I’m unemployed and makes such assumptions – I’m an educated woman, I’m a teacher,'” Ms Veiszadeh said.

“She responded to him by saying, ‘I am not unemployed and I am European’.

“Something that really angered her was that the hatred had so many stereotypical assumptions embedded in it.

Mariam Veiszadeh. Photo: hpitt@fairfaxmedia.com.au

“She also made reference to her stepson being in the ADF and he puts his life at risk for Australians to fight for this country and yet she gets racist and Islamophobic abuse hurled at her on the streets.”

Ms Veiszadeh said the woman had also been upset that a number of witnesses did not intervene to stop the abuse.

“It’s quite concerning when this man was clearly abusing her, no one came to her defence,” Ms Veiszadeh said.

“People sitting in the front were indifferent or went along with it and it was only after he left people approached her.

“I appreciate Logan police station had serious matters to deal with but this is yet another example of complaints regarding an assault targeting an Australian Muslim woman not being taken seriously by authorities.”

Ms Veiszadeh said women wearing the visible symbols of their faith were increasingly bearing the brunt of racist and Islamophobic public attacks, often in the presence of children.

“It’s incredibly worrying that the vast majority of reports being submitted to the Register are of verbal and physical abuse directed at Australian Muslim women, with a large number happening in the presence of young children,” she said.

“This woman is particularly concerned about the devastating impact this incident has had on her children. How do you even begin to explain Islamophobia to your five-year-old child?”

 

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