The attack on Pawat Silawattakun, a year-old tax consultant, is thought to be the first violent hate crime linked to the virus reported to British authorities. Silawattakun says he was travelling home in the late afternoon to west London when he was attacked on his local high street in full view of dozens of passersby. The Thai man, who works in the City, was left stunned and bleeding with a broken nose as one assailant stole his headphones and the other filmed the attack on his phone. Ha, ha! Neither of the teenagers initially ran away but instead laughed at Silawattakun, he said.
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They also allegedly filmed the acts and posted them on Instagram with the caption "how to spread Wuhan virus". One of the pair had uploaded the video to his private Instagram account, but an acquaintance circulated it online. The video was captioned "how to spread wuhan", and showed a person believed to be Pang opening a juice bottle, drinking from it and returning it to the shelf. Quek's lawyer Tan Hee Joek asked the judge to impose a gag order on his client's identity, saying that a new proposed amendment to the law protects young offenders under Photo: Gaya Chandramohan.
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The police said in a statement that they arrested a year-old boy on Wednesday and a year-old boy on Thursday, and continued to appeal for the public's help in identifying two other suspects. This comes two days after Scotland Yard released photos of four male suspects involved in the case , which they described as a "racially aggravated assault". The year-old boy has been released but remains under investigation, while the year-old is out on bail until later this month, the London Metropolitan Police said. The law student at University College London said he heard a group of young people say "coronavirus" as he walked past them at about 9. When he turned to face the group, he was punched in the face, with one of the suspects saying "I don't want your coronavirus in my country" before the group fled.
In the video, which has been shared widely on social media, the teen group surround the woman at a bus stop. The red hoodie teen then jumps up and kicks the woman in the face. The group then run away laughing. Also begged to take down the post.