Man arrested for Islamophobic attack on London bus

Man arrested after video showing him while launching Islamophobic insults on Turkish elderly man on London bus goes viral

Photo by: Reuters Archive
Photo by: Reuters Archive

The Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom announced on Monday that the 25-year-old British man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense following a video emerged on Youtube showing him while abusing a Turkish man on a London bus in Tottenham where Turkish population is high.

In an earlier statement released by the police has said "This video footage -- which includes racist and Islamophobic abuse -- has been brought to the attention of the [police]."

"Detectives are working to establish precisely when and where the footage was taken," it has added.

According to the three-minute long video posted on Documenting Oppression Against Muslim (DOAM)’s Youtube account, the abuser firstly attacks a Turkish man verbally as he shouts at the victim "Nobody understands you! Go back to Turkey," using some abusive words and throwing his zimmer frame.

It is believed that the incident took place on October 17, less than one week after an another video was circulated online on October 13 showing another Islamophobic attack carried out against two Muslim women.

In that video, two Muslim women faced verbal abuse by a 36-year-old woman who was later taken into custody at a North London police station and charged with racially aggravated public order offence, following a public appeal.

After the incident, almost 30,000 people have signed a petition demanding Transport for London (TfL) to fight against hate crime and to train its staff to prevent other incidents.

TRTWorld and agencies