Enraged because the Chinese student did not agree to speak English, an Australian man brutally assaulted the victim, causing serious eye injuries.
The victim of the brutal attack (only identified as Constantine, 29) was a boy moved from China to Australia to learn sword fighting, according to Next Shark.
Mark Holgate, the fencing instructor of Constantine, recounted that on February 22, his student was walking down the streets of Adelaide when a man suddenly approached and insulted him with racist language.
“Today, I am very angry and ashamed to be an Australian. Three days ago, one of my Chinese students was attacked for speaking another language on the street,” Holgate wrote on his personal page.
According to Holgate, the stranger asked Constantine to speak English. However, the 29-year-old boy speaks his native language and is brutally assaulted.
The attack left Constantine badly injured in the eye and cheekbone area. Holgate said the man is at risk of losing his eyesight if he does not undergo expensive plastic surgery soon.
The Chinese student was assaulted for speaking his native language in Australia. Photo: Mark Holgate.
“Please take care of your Asian friends. The corona virus is just an excuse to stir up the violence stemming from racist sentiment, ”the sword fencing teacher said.
Holgate opened a GoFundMe fundraising site to help Constantine cover the costs of treatment. To date, the money raised is 6,300 USD, exceeding the original goal of 6,000 USD.
“Constantine has a little difficulty not being an Australian citizen. We alerted the police, but it took a long time to receive compensation. The donation will be used to cover his medical treatment and rehabilitation costs, ”Holgate said.
He added that the Constantine attacker was arrested by the police when he returned to the scene of the crime.
“The 24-year-old man in Noarlunga Downs has been accused of causing an attack and damaging property,” a police spokesman said.
This person has already bailed and will appear at the Magistrates’ Court in the city of Adelaide on March 30.
On February 27, Holgate said Constantine had a successful surgery and was discharged.
“He was still in pain, but was well cared for and was discharged. He is also grateful for everyone’s encouragement and kindness. Your compassion has helped Constantine to understand that Australians care about him and find the way he is discriminated against so disgusting. Thank you so much, ”Holgate remarked.