A student was attacked on Oxford Street and the police allegedly didn't show up
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Last week, an international student was violently attacked in London. Mary, a South Korean studying in Canterbury was walking down Oxford Street when a group of youths started throwing rubbish at her. When she asked them to stop, a black girl who was part of the group allegedly commented "Oh, you speak English?" and continued to throw the rubbish. Mary then decided to throw the rubbish back, the black girl allegedly pushed her to the ground and the group began to punch and kick her. The student and her friend were unable to stop the attack, but two strangers intervened. The group pretended to leave but followed the victim and her friend and continued their assault. Yeon Jeong, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall by her own description, described a "white guy" around 6 feet tall punching her in the head, nearly causing her to lose consciousness. The attackers eventually fled and the attack was subsequently reported to the police. According to Mary, the police allegedly did not arrive at the scene and later sent her a letter advising that she see a therapist. Mary claims in a statement that the South Korean Embassy was unable to assist her as "stepping into 'civil affairs' would be out of their jurisdiction" and getting permission to view the CCTV footage from nearby shops would take months. According to her statement, the attack left her with bumps on her head, a swollen chin, panic attacks and vomiting. She ended up in A&E. She has now started a petition calling on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to raise awareness of the hate crime that occurred in Oxford Street and for police to arrive on time and catch the perpetrators of the incident.
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