UK: Two Muslim teenagers 'racially attacked in Swansea by two men'

South Wales Police are investigating an alleged hate crime

12/6/2017- South Wales Police are investigating an alleged hate crime in which teenagers were racially attacked on a street by two men who targeted them because they are Muslims. The men are said to have asked the young boys: "Why don’t you care about the Manchester attacks?" The men then allegedly proclaimed that all Muslims were to blame. The incident happened on St Helen’s Road, Swansea, in the early hours of June 7. Nizar Dhan, founder of the Swansea Humanitarian Aid Response Project, who witnessed the alleged attack, said: “It is the month of Ramadan. "It is a time when Muslims go to the mosque which is situated on St Helen’s Road for night prayer. The kids go to the shops to buy drinks before going back to the mosque. “The men must have been in their early 20s. Both were intoxicated when they approached the boys and started to criticise them. They were really scared. “I had to intervene. I quickly stepped in and tried to calm the men down.”

The boys were aged 13 and 16. Once Mr Dhan had told the boys to leave, the men are said to have then started to attack the 29 year old. He said: “They started to get really aggressive and violent towards me. "One man said, ‘How do I know that you are not going to take our heads off and blow us all up?’ “I put it down to ignorance, some people have never met a Muslim or spoken to them before, they just go by what they see and hear in the news. I try to rise above it. “I am just glad that I was there. The kids could have said something cheeky or reacted to them, then what might of happened? The men might have done something that they wouldn’t normally do sober. “Many people were around, but no one said anything or intervened, people just looked and walked off.”

Mr Dhan has since warned the young boys to avoid being out late at night. “I have told them that they have to be really careful, it’s not safe to be walking around after midnight, even though that is the time of prayer, “There will not be someone there everyday who will help when something goes wrong. It’s sad because they shouldn’t be stopped from going to the shops.” He said he wanted to see the general public speak to a Muslim before making judgements. “Come to the mosque,” he said. “It’s open for everyone to come and speak to us, if anyone has any questions that they would like to ask, then I would be happy to answer them and explain to them what Islam actually teaches.” South Wales Police said that enquiries into the alleged incident were ongoing. A spokesman added: “South Wales Police is committed to tackling hate crime, and anyone who is victim of, or witness to, a hate crime is also urged to come forward and report it.”
Wales Online

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