Chinese man targeted in racist Covid attack

Chinese man targeted in racist Covid attack

Chinese man targeted in racist Covid attack

A Chinese man has reported being assaulted in a Scunthorpe street by assailants blaming his country for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The victim, who wishes to remain unidentified, says he has never encountered this kind of abuse prior to the pandemic, but that since, he has seen a huge rise in racist behaviour.

In this most recent incident he was followed before being spat at.

On another occasion, he was verbally abused on Wells Street in Scunthorpe.

Sergeant Nick Bunker of Humberside Police said:

“I am sorry to hear that this gentleman has suffered this abuse.

“It’s not acceptable and I urge him to get in touch with us so that we can deal with it appropriately.

“We want people to be confident they can report these types of crimes to us and know that all reports received will be taken seriously and treated sensitively.

“We have had a small number of reports of hate incidents in relation to Covid-19, towards people who are, or are perceived to be, from the Chinese community.

“Our stance is very simple. We will not accept any form of racial hate crime across our area, especially in this current climate where there is so much uncertainty and people are feeling incredibly anxious and worried.

“We will always investigate any incident that is reported to us and we will do all we can to ensure those responsible are held to account for their actions.”

Sadly, this is not the first case of racist attacks relating to the pandemic.

Covid-19, which started in the city of Wuhan in China, is feared to have led to a dramatic increase in acts and displays of racial violence and discrimination.

Data shows that at least 267 anti-Asian hate crimes were recorded across the country between January and March.

The figures for the first three months of 2020 were higher than all of 2018 or 2019.

Figures from the British Transport Police between January and March, showed anti-Asian hate crime incidents matching the total number of complaints during all of 2019.

Discussing the situation, John Sifton, Asian Advocacy Director at the Human Rights Watch said:

“Racism and physical attacks on Asians and people of Asian descent have spread with the Covid-19 pandemic. Government leaders need to act decisively to address the trend.

“Repeatedly and publicly condemning racism is an important part of any government’s response to the coronavirus.”

But instead, many feel that the repeated use of the term ‘Chinese virus’ by figures such as US President Donald Trump may have encouraged such behaviour.

Anyone who is concerned about an incident of hate crime is urged to report it via the non-emergency number 101, or 999 in the event of an emergency.

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