South Bank: Taiwanese nationals attacked in Brisbane

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A group of Taiwanese nationals were attacked by a gang in Brisbane, a shocking incident believed to be racially motivated.

The incident occurred on Monday evening shortly before 10 p.m. on the South Bank. One of the victims shared video footage of the attack on Instagram, which has since been picked up by international media.

Four people were attacked, two 24-year-old men, a 23-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman.

One of the victims, Wu Aiting, shared footage on Instagram of her walking while someone could be heard screaming in the background.

She told Newswire: “At first they wanted to compete against us.”

“We said no,” said Ms. Aiting.

“Then they started chasing us, throwing stones at us and harassing us.”

The video cuts out several times, but you can hear her shouting “No,” “Don’t,” and “Please stop” multiple times.

In one shot, a man is seen on the ground being repeatedly hit on the head and back by a woman, while another girl lies on the ground next to him.

“We just walked down the street,” Ms. Aiting wrote on her page.

“Four people (two men, two women) came and shouted at us, then they started attacking and beating us, saying they were only attacking us because we were Asian.

“All three of us are injured to varying degrees, my leg is scratchy with wounds and one of my friends’ head is (swollen).”

Ms Aiting said one of her friends suffered eye injuries, one was under observation for a concussion and another was seriously injured.

“We want to sue these four people for assault and racial discrimination. They are not over 18, but there is a juvenile court that should provide us with justice,” she wrote.

Since the attack, Ms. Aiting and her friends said they have all been fine and have been able to return “back to their normal lives.”

“I hope this kind of problem is taken seriously,” she said.

“What surprises me most is that many people have had the same experiences as us. That’s just not right.”

The incident caught the attention of the Taiwanese media and the story was picked up there.

The people involved in the attack have yet to be found.

A Queensland Police spokesman told NewsWire that no weapons were used in the attack.

“The investigation into this attack is ongoing,” they said.

“The police are currently reviewing video surveillance and officially speaking to witnesses and victims.

“The South Brisbane Cross Cultural Liaison Unit is also working with the Taipei and Economic Cultural Office to make contact with a victim who has since returned overseas.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

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