A video of a racist attack against a man in Windy Arbour on the night of the Champions League final has gone viral.
The video, which was posted to Facebook by the victim, shows two young girls aggressively approaching the man and telling him to ‘speak English’ and was posted in a Facebook group for Mexican people living in Dublin.
He said he was visiting a friend in Windy Arbour to watch the heavily-anticipated football final last Saturday, and was speaking to a friend on the phone in Spanish when he was approached by the young people.
The male began to record the incident on his phone, with the young people telling him to stop recording and then beginning to record him themselves, cornering him behind the gates of a local school.
The video then shows the young girl allegedly hitting the man and repeatedly screaming at him, telling him he doesn’t belong in Ireland because he’s an immigrant and calling him ‘a paedophile’ for recording the incident.
It has been viewed as far away as Argentina and Mexico, having been widely covered by the media in South America.
#Video 📹 Un joven mexicano que se encuentra en Dublín denunció en redes sociales agresiones por parte de dos jóvenes quienes lo insultaron y golpearon por hablar español https://t.co/OfAKs5rLgR pic.twitter.com/vtG1MrmUjT— El Universal (@El_Universal_Mx) June 4, 2019
Many people in the comments of the Facebook post, which has been shared over 12,000 times, condemn the actions of the young girls and apologise to the victim on behalf of the Irish people.
One person wrote: “Sorry you had to experience that harassment… we as Irish people are so ashamed of what [they have] done an [sic] I hope you know we’re not all that bad.”
In the post of the video, the victim said that he called Gardai and that multiple people gave statements to the police.
Gardai confirmed to Dublin Gazette that they attended the scene on June 1.
A spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating an incident that occurred in Windy Arbour, Dundrum at approximately 5.20pm on 1st June 2019. No injuries were reported. Investigations are ongoing.”