This video was posted on 10 Feb to Mehpara Khan’s twitter account. Warning the video contains offensive language and scenes of violence, discretion is advised.
I’m an Ahmadi Muslim – would love to chat and talk about how islamophobia affects us all. There were 5 of us Muslim girls together – we’re back in Akl now at the police station filing a report.
At the police station in manukau about to file a report. Still shaking.
I’m covered in beer – I feel disgusting 😦
Ironically, in November last year Mehpara tweeted she was worried for Muslims in America, never dreaming she would experience their horror and fear in her own country:
The New Zealand Herald got to hear about the attack the following day and wrote:
It was the second time Khan, a Kiwi-born Muslim, had been subjected to a racist attack.
In 2015 a man approached her when she was at McDonalds with friends and “started screaming at me for being Muslim”.
“The last time this happened I didn’t do anything about it. I just got up and left. That made me feel just terrible and I didn’t want to ever feel like that again,” she said.
This time Khan wasn’t prepared to just walk away. She got out her phone and started filming the woman… source
As in the US, it is deeply disturbing to see the level of hatred and abuse shown in the video directed at anyone, let alone because of the color of a person’s skin or their religion.
Especially when people practicing that religion do so with peace and dignity. Here’s some more of Mehpara’s tweets:
It looks like Mehpara was making a toilet stop with her friends when she is approached by a passerby on her way home from rugby or soccer practice, carrying a can of drink, possibly alcohol. The woman walks by in stocking feet, carrying her boots in a bag and launches into a violent tirade of verbal and physical assault.
No doubt the violent woman was emboldened and enabled by recent events in the US.
Donald Trump’s policies have a great deal of support in some New Zealand communities.
There is a deep seated resentment of outsiders in New Zealand, and the more foreign someone looks the more likely they are to encounter racist abuse and discrimination.
Country of birth doesn’t count for anything.
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