Thursday 19 October 2017

Horror as young woman branded a 'n****r' eight times in O'Connell St attack

WARNING: Upsetting content

A screen grab from the video. Picture ShowMe Tv
A screen grab from the video. Picture ShowMe Tv
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Lord Mayor of Dublin has called for residents of the city to stand against racism after a video emerged online showing a young black woman being physically and verbally abused.

The attack occurred in front of shoppers on O'Connell Street last month and was posted online on Sunday.

Responding to the video, first reported on in the Irish Daily Star, Mayor Brendan Carr (Lab) said it was a "sickening and disgusting" attack.

"It's an isolated incident but when it does happen we need to let the victims know that we stand with them and we need to let the perpetrators know that we won't stand for it."

In the video a female attacker can be seen tussling with the young black woman and punching her in the head.

When the black woman manages to drag her attacker to the ground a man steps in and pulls her away by the arm.

A security guard then tries to separate the pair as the victim shouts "she hit me first".

It is at this point that the attacker screams "you're a n****r".

She calls the young black woman a "n****r" a further seven times, also accusing the victim of "putting on that accent".

The video has already caused outrage since it was posted on Youtube at the weekend.

The person who filmed the incident said it was captured on May 28 and posted on Show Me TV this weekend.

He told Independent.ie: "I was just walking Down O'Connell street and I saw the white girl bumped off the black girl and called her a n****r and very quickly it turned into a fight. "

Mayor Carr said: "We made huge efforts this year under the interfaith forum mode to sign a charter to do away with racist and xenophobic views.

"It's not normal in Dublin to have these kinds of attacks. It's a sickening and disgusting attack and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.

"It is not reflective of Dublin, it is not who we are," he said: "Anyone who expresses racist views in the city is not welcome."

He said everyone who wants to come into the city can "have their own culture or religion as long as they don't interfere with anybody else".

The video has emerged just two weeks after another clip, showed a young girl being violently dragged to the ground and beaten outside a pizza restaurant in Limerick.

During the attack the assailant screamed: "The next time you get cheeky with me I'll murder you, you dirty spring roll."

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