By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, Sept 30: A 39-year-old man of Tibetan descent was strangled, punched and thrown into traffic in a racist attack on Sep 24 in Australia.
The victim was waiting for a man to complete his transaction at the Commonwealth Bank ATM on Nepean Highway when the unknown man, after withdrawing cash, turned around and cursed loudly before attacking the bemused victim, according to a report by heraldsun.com.au on Sep 24.
In spite of the victim’s attempt to confront, the attacker grabbed him by the throat and punched him repeatedly in the chest. The victim tried to take a photograph of the attacker using his mobile phone but the thug continued punching him. Thrown into the traffic, the victim narrowly escaped being run over, the report said, and added that a women accompanying the culprit, (a thin Caucasian male, aged 30-40, 180cm tall, with short brown hair, wearing a T-shirt) urged him to leave before the police arrived, and the pair fled.
A leading Australian civil and human rights organization has condemned the incident that took place at Chelsea during the weekend and the Kingston Crime Investigation Unit authorities are on the look out for the culprit.
“We decry this disgraceful and chilling outburst of prejudice in the strongest possible terms,” Anti-Defamation Commission Chairman Dvir Abramovich said and added, “there is no place in Australia for such reprehensible hate-motivated violence and intolerance”.