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Jonathan Mok is a Chinese man studying in London who has spoken out about racism linked to the coronavirus after suffering facial injuries in a “racially aggravated assault.”
Jonathan Mok said he was beaten up by a group of men who told him: “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.”
Jonathan Mok, 23, said he was walking down Oxford Street last Monday when he heard shouts of “coronavirus”.
When he confronted the four men, he said, they launched a surprise attack that left him badly hurt.
The Met Police said it was treating the attack as “racially aggravated”. No arrests have been made.
University College London student Mr Mok, who included pictures of his injuries in a widely shared Facebook post, said he was attacked at about 21:15 GMT near to Tottenham Court Road station.
He is 23-year-old
Assaulted in ‘Racist’ Coronavirus Attack in London
Jonathan Mok wrote about his ordeal in a public post on Facebook Monday, detailing how he was attacked by a group of people on Oxford Street, a busy shopping area in the center of the British capital, at about 9.15 p.m. local time (4.15 p.m. ET) on February 24.
Police are investigating an alleged race-hate attack on a Singaporean student in London by a group of people who are said to have shouted about the coronavirus before beating him up.
Officers said they were looking into reports of an attack on Oxford Street at about 9.30 pm last Monday after Jonathan Mok shared pictures of his battered face and wrote about his ordeal in a Facebook post.
Mok said one of the group tried to kick him in the head and told him: “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.”
Scotland Yard said it had received a report that a 23-year-old man was punched and sustained facial injuries, and officers were looking at CCTV to try to identify suspects.
Mok said several racist taunts had been directed at him in recent weeks, some involving references to the coronavirus. Writing about last Monday’s incident, he said he was walking past a group of men when he heard one make a reference to the virus, and he stopped to look at them.
“All of a sudden, the first punch was swung at my face and took me by surprise. When I was still shocked by the first hit, the guy delivered the second sucker punch. By then, a few passersby had stopped and one of them tried to reason with them that four on one was not fair.
“The attacker’s friend tried to swing a kick at me as I was explaining to the passerby that I hadn’t done anything at all. I tried to react in self-defense but couldn’t do anything substantial because I was still recovering from a broken finger in my master’s hand.
Mok’s case is one of a number of incidents that have occurred in the UK during the global coronavirus outbreak, and hate crime awareness group Stop Hate UK recently raised concerns.
“Stop Hate UK has recently received an increasing number of calls, across our helpline areas, from people experiencing racism, discrimination and verbal abuse, arising from perceptions that they are members of the Chinese community and therefore likely to be carriers of the coronavirus,” said the organization in a statement.
“We find this deeply concerning and we want our Helpline areas to know that we are here to help, advise and reassure anyone affected by such incidents.”
Discrimination has been rising in the US, with experts blaming ignorance and misinformation for racist and xenophobic attacks against people who appear to be East Asian.
“With news of the coronavirus, we’ve seen an uptick in fear of people who look like this,” said Rosalind Chou, a sociology professor at Georgia State University. “Real people are affected.
In response to CNA queries, London’s Metropolitan Police Service confirmed on Tuesday that they are investigating a racially aggravated assault that took place along Oxford Street at about 9.15 pm on Feb 24.
The victim was punched and sustained facial injuries said the Met Police.
Investigations are ongoing to identify the suspects, including an assessment of available CCTV, they said.
No arrests have been made, the police said, and asked witnesses to come forward.
The Met Police were unable to provide CNA with data relating to the number of racially aggravated incidents connected to COVID-19.