A South Korean pupil finding out within the UK has described how she was attacked in an alleged hate crime whereas visiting Oxford Avenue in London.
Yeon Jeong Lee was strolling down the road, which sits on the centre of the busiest procuring district in Europe, with a pal on 11 November.
A gaggle of individuals started following the buddies and threw garbage at them, Ms Lee claims.
The scholar mentioned she turned and informed the group to cease. One lady then approached her, saying “Oh, you converse English? You alright?”
“I received offended, and I threw her again a number of the garbage I used to be holding,” she wrote, launching a petition on Change.org within the assault’s aftermath.
“The subsequent factor I do know, this lady began ranting at me ‘How dare you hit me’ and pushed me to the bottom. I fell, and round 10 individuals got here as much as me and began beating me up.”
Ms Lee mentioned that the group, who gave the impression to be youngsters, surrounded her and started kicking and punching her within the physique and head.
Her pal was shocked and unable to bodily cease the group from assaulting her.
“I bear in mind shouting, ‘That is 21st century, cease being racists’,” she wrote.
In response to the coed, regardless of the assault happening at round 5.50 pm in a space of central London teeming with pedestrians, few individuals got here to her assist.
“Out of all of the individuals strolling by, it was solely two individuals who had been making an attempt to assist me out and the remaining would simply be filming the scene,” she mentioned.
The assault continued for six to seven minutes. The attackers then left and ran in the direction of a close-by McDonald’s.
Ms Lee mentioned that she “nearly misplaced…consciousness” in the course of the assault.
The scholar added that regardless of repeatedly calling the police, no one arrived to help her.
She returned house to Canterbury, the place she is finding out at a close-by college and filed a web based report.
“That evening, the police had solely despatched me an electronic mail telling me to see a therapist,” the coed claimed.
“They had been extremely apathetic in serving to me out/wanting into the incident.”
Ms Lee contacted the Korean embassy in London however officers informed her that they may not step into “civil affairs” outdoors their jurisdiction.
“A number of days later at this level, I can really feel a number of bumps on my head and my chin has totally swollen up,” the coed mentioned.
She has skilled extreme panic assaults after the assault and needed to make an emergency journey to the hospital at one level.
The scholar union on the College of Inventive Arts, the place Ms Lee research, condemned the assault in an announcement.
“We’re saddened by the information that one among our college students, Yeon Jeong Lee, was the sufferer of a violent hate crime in London earlier this week,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“We’ve been in touch with Yeon in the previous couple of days and are doing all that we will to help them going ahead.”
Figures launched this 12 months have proven a rise in reported hate crimes on public transport and in and round faculties and schools.
Ms Lee has now arrange a petition aiming to cease race hate crime and lift consciousness of the issue.
Her publish shortly attracted consideration on-line and has been signed by nearly 30,000 individuals.
“I hope the police will arrive proper on time,” she wrote. “I don’t need different individuals be a sufferer like me.”