Wednesday 17 January 2018

'It was pure hatred': Liveline callers tell of brutal racist attacks

The first incident occurred in a night club.
The first incident occurred in a night club.
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A man has revealed how he was slapped after stepping in to stop racist attacks on a black worker in a nightclub in Donegal.

The man, Brian, told RTÉ’s Liveline this evening that he was in a nightclub in the north west of Ireland when he witnessed a racial attack.

“I went to the bathroom and there was this young fella who was giving the black man who was working in the toilets some serious abuse. I’m not even going to repeat some of the things he was saying.

“I intervened and I said you can’t be talking to anyone like that, this person is a human you just can’t be at it. Then he got very violent and his friends came in and things escalated. The man Chris who was working there got beaten up and I got a few slaps. It was a very racist attack.”

Brian said that the attack came from “pure hatred” and that Chris had a lot of patience and didn’t fight back.

“There were a few punches and kicks. Chris didn’t flinch, he didn’t even respond or hit back. He was quite a big man compared to these boys that were in their early twenties. He just deflected the punches and kicks.”

Chris had just come over from Nigeria and was in a refuge centre in the North West where racist attacks were “a daily occurrence to him”.

Brian explained that Chris didn’t fight back because if action was taken by the local authorities “he would have been kicked out of the country at that time”.

Another caller, Liz told Liveline that her daughter-in-law had also experienced a racial attack in Bray.

“My son married a black girl. She is extremely well educated and polite,” she said.

“She was coming up the town centre in Bray and a man stepped out in front of her, stopped her and spat directly into her face.”

Liz described how her daughter-in-law ran home sobbing hysterically saying she was “dirty” and “ashamed”.

“I reared a family and there is very little that makes my stomach turn but when I saw that this had been done to her my stomach really turned. I washed her face, all the while she was crying. I put her into bed and she cried herself to sleep,” said Liz.

This comes after two South African students Anathi and Ezile were refused entry to an unnamed establishment in Temple Bar on Sunday evening and were shocked to hear a security guard say that there were “no blacks allowed”.

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