Two Chinese international students who were taunted about coronavirus and attacked by a white woman have spoken out about the brutal bashing.
Disturbing footage showed the two university students being yelled at and physically attacked by two other women near the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne’s CBD on Wednesday.
A video, which was circulated online, shows the pair kicking and punching the students before a bystander steps in.
The victims sustained minor injuries and reported the incident to police, who are now investigating it as a racist attack.
Victoria Police say the two international students were walking along Elizabeth Street at about 5.30pm when they were assaulted.
The police also released video clip of the two perpetrators on its Twitter account to collect information to identify the two women who had launched the assault.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said she was “appalled” by the “disgraceful attack”.
“The violence displayed is completely unacceptable. It does not reflect the values that Melburnians stand for or the behaviour we expect in our city,” she wrote in the tweet.
A man holding a dog intervened after the student being attacked dropped to the ground and the woman began to knee her in the face.
‘You’re a f***ing imbecile. Don’t f***ing hit me,’ the attacker shouted after the bystander stopped her.
She then apologised to the man before walking away.
Both students received minor injuries.
During the attack, one of the victim’s Air Pods was dropped and stolen by a man who was nearby, but not involved in the fight.