Shocking footage has emerged of a group of Bournemouth University students being verbally abused in the Lower Gardens.
Tourism Management student, Talisha Immouche, was heading to the beach last week with her three friends like many others to enjoy the first bit of warm weather and blue skies this year. The difference is, their skin colour led them to be victims of verbal abuse by two men in the lower gardens, which they caught on camera.
The men, both middle-aged and white, shouted “black Muslims” at her and her friends in the videos, and off-camera allegedly blamed them for the Manchester attacks.
She said: “Two drunk men randomly started shouting “black Muslims” at us and we were all so confused and asked them why they are saying such things but instead they started shouting more things at us, telling us to back to our country, saying we are terrorists, they even blamed us for the bombing that happened in Manchester”.
Two weeks ago, Manchester suffered a barbaric attack where 22 people died and 120 were injured at an Ariana Grande concert. Victims of the suicide bomber were aged between 8 ad 51 years old and the culprit had proven links with the so-called Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.
Talisha claims only one of her friends was wearing a hijab and said it was completely unprovoked:
It really hurt her because we can’t seem to understand how you can blame a certain religion, Islam for terrorism?
In one of three of the videos, one man yelled “what are you doing here in our country” and shouted at them to “f*** off”. It is assumed that they were both drunk and in a different video another man interfered to defend the girls before he was pushed and the situation turned violent with all three throwing punches.
The videos they recorded on their phones has received over 12,000 reactions on Facebook and over 50 shares but has since been removed.
Since the atrocity in Manchester, police had to shut down an EDL rally in Arndale Shopping Centre and there was a suspected arson attack carried out against a mosque in Oldham. Besides this, there have been few reports of racism in the news in these difficult days as the public have instead generally adopted a tone of respect and solidarity.
There have been memorials across the country to pay respects to the victims and their families since the tragedy. Two weeks ago a vigil was held at Bournemouth University to show solidarity where students from Manchester along with others gave speeches and wrote messages of support. A couple of the messages read: ‘unity is strength’ and ‘we stand together against forces of hatred’ amongst others; an attitude Telisha said we need to have.
“I do believe we are all equal no matter what with just different skin and religion,” she said.