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65-Year-Old Filipino Is Brutally Beaten in Anti-Asian Attack in New York City

She’s the latest victim in a string of violent anti-Asian attacks in the U.S.
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An elderly Filipino woman, aged 65, is the latest victim of the ongoing anti-Asian attacks in the U.S.A. Countless elderly Asians have become victims of these attacks since the pandemic began, with six Asian-Americans murdered just two weeks ago in an Atlanta shooting.

According to the New York Police Department, the Filipino-American woman was walking to church in broad daylight when a man randomly walked up to her, shouted “Fuck you, you don’t belong here,” pushed her to the ground, and then beat her. The elderly woman can be seen fighting back as the much larger man punches and kicks her body and head while she’s down. He can be seen stomping on her head at least three times.

The entire scene was caught on a CCTV camera, which you can view below. (Be warned: It can be difficult to watch.)

Perhaps more concerning than this racist act of aggression is the fact that, while this was happening, bystanders did not intervene to help the woman. As shown on tape, one bystander simply watched as the violent attack takes place. A moment later, what appears to be a security guard enters the area and, after seeing the woman lying injured on the ground, he appears to close the door instead of rushing to her aid.  

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The attack occurred in Midtown Manhattan in front of a luxury building.

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the situation, and the man is already wanted for connection to an assault.

As for the security guard who closed the door on the victim, the property owners, The Brodsky Organization, have suspended the guard and began an investigation. The organization is also trying to identify the third-party delivery vendor who was a bystander during the attack.

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Anti-Asian sentiments have been on the rise in the U.S.A., Canada, and other parts of the world as many see COVID-19 as a “China Virus.” The stigma against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities has escalated into random, violent attacks often on the elderly and women. According to the Stop AAPI Hate (or Stop Asian Hate) organization, Asian Americans reported around 3,795 incidents of hate between March 19, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

Of these reports, 7.9 percent were from Filipinos and almost 68 percent of total reports were made by Asian women. The top states for anti-Asian attacks were California, New York, Washington, and Texas.

Just last month, a Filipino-American man was attacked in the New York City subway after a stranger slashed his face with a knife. Another Filipino, an army veteran, was attacked in San Francisco by a man who shouted “get out of my country” at him.

A few weeks ago, the Philippine Embassy in the U.S. urged Filipinos to exercise “utmost caution” in light of the growing number of attacks on Asian Americans.

As of posting, #StopAsianHate is trending worldwide.

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