World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 01 Apr, 2021 05:15 am

Brutal assault on female Filipino immigrant captured on security camera in New York City

Brutal assault on female Filipino immigrant captured on security camera in New York City
Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old immigrant from the Philippines who has lived in the US for decades, was violently attacked in Midtown Manhattan by a man who was subsequently arrested for committing a hate crime.

Family members reported that Vilma Kari was in the hospital recovering from a fractured pelvis and contusions on her body and forehead after she was kicked in the chest to the ground and repeatedly stomped in the head by a man who shouted an obscenity and then said, “You don’t belong here,” according to New York City police.The assault on Monday in New York City is the latest in the alarming growth of violent attacks against Asians in the US over the past year.Additional data maintained by California State University at Santa Barbara’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism shows that anti-Asian hate crimes increased between 2019 and 2020 in fifteen US cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City.While all of these cities have large Asian populations, New York City is by far the largest and with both the most instances of hate crimes (28) and the largest increase between 2019 and 2020 (nearly ten times).

New York Police Department (NYPD) received that 33 complaints about anti-Asian hate crimes in the first three months of 2021, already surpassing the total number of 28 reported last year.NYPD said that these numbers do not reflect the real scale of the problem with many cases going unreported for a host of reasons such as language barriers and distrust of law enforcement.

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