In a collection of movies posted to Fb, Albany man Wazim Sookhai, an American citizen, is seen being threatened, spit on and verbally and bodily assaulted by a white girl whereas heading to his mosque for prayers. She is heard screaming, “you can not movie folks in America,” and proceeds to say he’s not a citizen, he’s “not blue,” and that she desires him “out of my f*****g nation.” She says she’s going to have federal brokers arrest him, “not Albany cops.” She says he’s “inexperienced at most,” however not “blue, bitch.”
Within the video, he says she has no proper to harass and threaten and assault her. Sookhai is seen calling for police to assist him within the recording from Aug. 11.
“So this occurred this morning on my solution to prayer in Albany, NY. I bought verbally abused, kicked and spit on as a result of I’m a Muslim. Received it. I by no means skilled racism on this nation till as we speak. Sure it exists.”
In feedback on his Fb put up, some advised he ought to have fought again or struck her. Sookhai responded, “That’s what everybody stated, however two wrongs can’t make 1 proper.”
However many have been supportive of this remark to Sookhai: “There are loads of several types of loopy right here.. You’re in public, it’s authorized so that you can movie. Simply perceive that this isn’t how all folks really feel on this nation. Americas basis was constructed on taking in all walks of life. Sorry you needed to undergo this. No one needs to be persecuted primarily based on their beliefs.”
The lady, who has not but been recognized primarily based on a cursory on-line search, was reported to have been harassing others within the neighborhood of a the state capitol earlier than the incident with Sookhai and the filming of her anti-Muslim threats of violence.
Ismail Batmaz, a buddy of Sookhai’s who intervened, wrote that the girl was “…standing by the sidewalk and actually stating every particular person passing by ( a whole lot of them from the parking zone strolling to the capital middle) and swearing at them one after the other simply due to their faith. Together with children, infants, girls, aged and so on.”
Batmaz wrote that, “Truly tens of a whole lot of individuals have been solely strolling down from the parking zone to the prayer and he or she was yelling screaming and swearing every of them as they cross by. Can’t even write the phrases right here.”
Sookhai stated that he “didn’t interact,” with the girl till she “got here as much as (his) face.”
“A bunch of individuals have been strolling in direction of prayer location and the final began her racist rants, guessing as a result of nobody else paid her no thoughts she rushed as much as me since I used to be the final particular person on the road. That’s when Ismail got here and tried to get her away from me as a result of I had a child bag in my hand. We tried to depart a number of occasions and he or she saved following us. We don’t know what she have in these luggage so we would have liked to remain alert. The video additionally reveals her following us and assaulting me. So no, I didn’t trouble to have interaction till she got here as much as my face.”
He stated that he did communicate to police they usually instructed him they’d hold a glance out for her.
“So the 2 officers that have been on scene the day of the incident have been in search of her and couldn’t discover her since there are a number of parking garages within the space. I didn’t have time to file a report since I used to be busy getting ready to open my enterprise and getting ready to journey to South America the next day. Officers on scene stated they’ll hold a watch out.”
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