1 APR 2013, 3:46 PM – SOURCE: SBS STAFF
A man was captured on film abusing a middle-aged couple of Asian appearance on a Sydney bus, in another instance of racial abuse aboard public transport.
A Caucasian man was captured on film abusing a middle-aged couple of Asian appearance, swearing at them and ranting about the Japanese bombing of Australia during World War II.
At one point the Asian man began apologising but it did not placate his abuser, who continued yelling, Fairfax Media reported.
The incident occured on the 470 bus from Circular Quay to Lilyfield in Sydney on Sunday evening.
A 30-year-old office worker of Chinese descent, Heidi, said she and another passenger told the man to get off the bus but were ignored. She then began filming the incident.
Heidi, who asked the Herald that her surname not be recorded, said no other passengers said anything.
“We didn’t receive any support from the other passengers,” she told the told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Some told us to sit back down and be quiet and everyone just looked really blase.
No one did anything about it. In fact, two girls sitting next to me thought it was funny and burst into laughter.”
This is the latest in a string of videos to be posted, showing racial abuse on public transport.
Last year an attack on a French woman who was singing in French made headlines.
Two people abused the woman and made threats of violence against her.
Earlier this year, ABC Newsreader Jeremy Fernandez was racially abused on a Sydney bus in the presence of his daughter.
- ‘Not first time I’ve been abused’ (smh.com.au)
- ABC news presenter racially abused (bigpondnews.com)
- Speak up when someone is copping racist abuse (thepunch.com.au)
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