Chinese student in UK subjected to ‘coronavirus-linked race hate attack’

An MSP has condemned a “disgusting” attack on a Chinese student, said to be a coronavirus-related hate crime.

The incident happened in Dumbarton Road in Glasgow on March 5.

The Glasgow Times reported the student had their clothes torn by three people shouting “coronavirus”.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>MSP Sandra White condemned the attack (Andrew Milligan/PA)</figcaption>
MSP Sandra White condemned the attack (Andrew Milligan/PA)

SNP MSP Sandra White, who represents Glasgow Kelvin, said: “This is a disgusting attack and will not be tolerated.

“To attack an innocent person in the street for no other reason than sheer ignorance is utterly appalling.”

She added: “Hate crime is unacceptable in modern day Scotland. This is a time when we need to be supporting each other, not attacking one another.

“I sincerely hope this is an isolated case and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime or anyone who has witnessed hate crime to report it to Police Scotland immediately.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are investigating following the report of racial abuse on Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, around 9am on Thursday March 5 2020. Inquires are ongoing.”

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