A Chinese student studying at the University of Sheffield has been racially abused by a woman in an ‘unbelievably cruel way’ in the city centre.
The 19-year-old student who did not wish to be named was knocked to the ground by their attacker and beaten with an empty wine bottle when they were walking alone outside of Boots pharmacy on the High Street at around 3pm 25 April.
Another man was stopped from attempting to attack the victim by a Sheffield student who witnessed the assault.
The beating was accompanied by racially abusive language.
The victim was then sent to hospital by the Sheffield Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA) as well as a University of Sheffield staff member who was injured while protecting them.
The victim said: “It is unbelievable that such cruel racist abuse happened at such a place and time.
“I hope my experience can make more people aware of the seriousness of racial discrimination. I don’t want this kind of incident to happen again.”
Yue Wang, a Chinese postgraduate student who has been living in Sheffield for the past 16 months, said: “I feel sad about it even though I know such incidents rarely happen.
“We shouldn’t feel unsafe when we are walking alone anywhere.”
Last year, a Chinese student was attacked on West Street after wearing a mask to protect themselves and the incident is also believed to be fuelled by racism.
The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester described this as ‘a serious incident of racial discrimination’ and called on all international students to pay attention to their personal safety as well as their physical and mental health.
Zongyou Zuo, chairman of CSSA, said: “We’ve provided material and psychological assistance to the victim and will help to deal with the follow-up progress.
“Any kind of hate crime against Chinese students will not be tolerated. The racist abuse needs to be handled properly.”