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Attack on South Korean woman on Oxford Street - Vigil to be held

November 30, 2018 4:03 PM

This is a message from a small group of Korean residents. It's pretty heartbreaking. Please share widely

Hello Everyone,

I'm a member of a group of concerned Koreans living in the UK, and I am trying to organise a protest/vigil to show support for a young Korean girl who was attacked in the middle of Oxford street two weeks ago.

I am writing this to ask for your support to raise the awareness of the hate crime incident that happened to the Korean girl in central London. With your community's help we will have a much louder voice with which to get society to hear our voice.

We strongly believe all humans have the right to live with dignity and be free from discrimination and hatred. Unfortunately, On Sunday the 11th of November, right outside the Marks and Spencer's on Oxford Street, as a young South Korean woman was physically and violently assaulted by a group of about ten teenagers in full view of passers by.

She became a spectacle to the crowds who just stood watching and recording the incident. The lack of empathy, assistance and assistance was deeply disappointing and hurtful.

She was abandoned and ignored by the Metropolitan Police who didn't even respond to the 999 call while the girl lay bruised and beaten on the ground. After an hour, she had to go home to tend to her injuries herself. The Korean Embassy were equally unhelpful and told her it was a civil case when she asked for their help.

We see more and more hate crimes targeting the weak and vulnerable in our society. We can see that the Government and Police are powerless to protect the people against hate and violence, even in Central London.

The government and society together must protect us all from crimes, hate and violence. Hate crimes of any sort, targeting people based on race, religion, physical ability or gender should be punished by the Law and we urge the Government and Police to do that. People from all parts of our society should be respected and be allowed to live long, happy lives free of neglect, fear and discrimination.

We are holding this peaceful gathering for justice and to support the victim. This incident could of happened to me, to you, your family friends or children and as we are living overseas, away from home country, we are especially vulnerable. This peaceful protest is to make society safer for our children and weaker people in society and also to find justice that people can be respected as they are.

The Korean news media, have reported on this crime. People is South Korea are following this incident very closely and are very concerned.

We need your voice and support to make this to happen. Please support us for the victim, our family, friends, and four yourselves by participating this candle light peaceful protest.

Peaceful Candlelight protests on the following dates:

- Date & Place: 2nd of Dec. 2018, 11 AM, 173 Oxford St, Soho, London W1D 2JR IN FRONT OF M&S

*All are welcome to come and bringing some kind of sign, no matter how big or small, would be great!

*Bring LED candle or homemade model of a candle (We can't use actual candle due to safety issues)

Please support and join us to stop the hate and discrimination. Please share this with your friends and neighbours. Please join nearly 30,000 others and sign our petition.