En 17 årig kurdisk-iransk asylsøker fikk alvorlige hodeskader etter et overfall på gaten i London fredag kveld. En stor gruppe angripere gikk løs på ham ifølge britisk politi, som kaller det hatkriminalitet.
Gutten ble liggende bevisstløs på bakken, da begynte angriperne å sparke ham i hodet – gjentatte ganger.
Investigating officer Kris Blamires, of Croydon CID, described the incident in Shrublands Avenue, opposite the Goat pub, as a “brutal attack”.
“He has sustained serious head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers,” he said.
I Croydon i den sørlige delen av London sto en kurdisk-iransk asylsøker på 17 år fredag kveld og ventet på bussen med to venner. Bussholdeplassen var like i nærheten av puben The Goat. Ifølge britiske aviser skal det ha kommet en stor gjeng ut fra puben som skal ha spurt asylsøkeren hvor han kom fra. Da han svarte at han var asylsøker angrep de ham, skriver flere britiske medier. Hans to venner fikk mindre skader.
Først ble seks personer arrestert i forbindelse med angrepet, senere ble ytterligere tre arrestert. Vitner forteller at så mange som 20-30 personer så hva som skjedde og at flere forsøkte å stanse angrepet. Det var flere kvinner blant gjerningspersonene.
Asylsøkeren befinner seg på sykehuset – tilstanden er alvorlig, men stabil.
Gavin Barwell, det konservative parlamentsmedlemmet for Croydon Central, sa han var “forferdet” over angrepet. Og kalte gjerningspersonene for «avskum».
«I think most people in Croydon will be as appalled as I am that what appears to have happened is a young man who came to this country seeking sanctuary has apparently been targeted because of his ethnic background. It’s an appalling crime and I hope the people responsible are caught quickly and receive the full force of British justice.»
Labour-leder Jeremy Corbyn sa at han var «helt sjokkert». Mens hans partifelle Diane Abbott benyttet anledningen til å klandre regjeringen for ikke å håndtere hatkriminalitet:
«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», she said. «With right-wing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate. We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.»
Londons borgermester, Sadiq Khan, fordømte angrepet:
«Hate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else. Our communities will not be divided by those who seek to sow hate. And we will always take a zero tolerance approach to hate crimes of any type.»
Et øyenvitne forteller:
“You couldn’t see who was hitting who. There was one person, the one who ended up in hospital, he was getting absolutely beaten up – kicked, mostly in the facial area. He was getting kicked and punched by everyone.
“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. 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.”