The paranoia and misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a proliferation of xenophobic and racist attacks against people of Asian origin, both in the United States and in other countries affected by the coronavirus.
Users of social networks like Twitter or Instagram have released videos that show violent attacks against people of Asian origin in train stations, supermarkets or on the street.
According to the BBC, three men and a Chinese woman were assaulted by a group of people in Southampton, New York, shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday as they were walking the streets wearing their protective masks. Authorities do not yet have a suspect under arrest.
Another reported incident took place on Forest Hill, in the New York borough of Queens, where Raúl Ramo, 44, was arrested for verbally attacking a man last week who was taking his 10-year-old son to school, he reported. the New York Post.
The New York Police Department called on those who witness some type of racist incident, both verbal and physical, to report it to the authorities so that the case can be followed up.
Countries like the United Kingdom have also registered hate crimes. According to Time, a 23-year-old Singaporean student, Jonathan Mok, was severely hit in the face and different parts of the body by a group of four people. As a result of the beating, he had to undergo emergency surgery.
The United Nations, through the Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for respect and to combat "stigmatization" against certain nationalities or groups for fear of possible contagion.
"Dignity and Human Rights must be at the center of the efforts, not be treated next," said the former president of Chile, who called on government institutions to ensure that all people have access to treatment, especially "the most vulnerable ", regardless of whether or not they can afford it or possible" stigmas ".
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