Community gets behind victims of racist attack
Support has flooded in for three Afghan men who were victims of a racist assault in south Dublin.
Local residents were left horrified on hearing the news of the incident, which saw two teenagers and a 20-year-old man attacked by a gang with a metal bar while cycling near Marlay Park.
Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and his two uncles Naqeeb (18) and Fazal (20) had to be taken to hospital as a result of injuries they received in the savage attack. Abdul said he has not left the house since the assault, and is still too afraid to return to school.
However, the family have said neighbours have been extremely supportive since the attack last Thursday.
Ciara Lynch, who lives close to the area where the attack took place, called it "absolutely horrendous".
"It was awful. I was very upset to hear about it," she told the Irish Independent.
"I couldn't believe in this day and age that something like that would happen."
"We have young kids in the area and we'd hate to think that this is the Ireland that we're living in," she added.
She also expressed her disappointment that the family may decide to return to Afghanistan as a result of the assault.
"I'd say something like that would leave a lasting impression, but I hope they don't leave," she said.
"I'd say everyone is in support of them and would think these things shouldn't happen.
"I don't know what those people [the attackers] were thinking. It doesn't matter where you're living, this shouldn't happen and it's horrendous to think that this has happened."
Anne Galligan, Manager of the local MicroPro Computers store, said many foreign nationals lived in the area and there had been "no issues" previously.
"We've been here a long time and we have different nationalities on our staff.
"There have never been any issues," she said.
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy called the attack "a disgrace", adding the act "should be opposed by all those who are opposed to racism".
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
A solidarity rally for the three men will take place at Nutgrove Shopping Centre tonight at 7pm.