The aftermath: Many Asians and Asian Australians expressed outrage after the video became widely shared on social media.
Asian Australian users organized on WeChat to share information about the attackers and their possible locations.
Others also volunteered to patrol the area in the hopes of finding the assailants in the viral video.
Some users are planning to stage a peaceful protest against the growing racism Asians face in Australia while the government takes little steps to stop them from happening.
“The Australian government won’t fix this … We have to stand up for each other,” one user said. “They don’t care about us, they care only about the power contest.”
“Until the Australian government and authorities consider the anti-Chinese rhetoric [in Australia] as being racist, we will see more Chinese-Australians banding together to protect the community,” Erin Chew, an activist from the Asian Australian Alliance group, said.
Community leaders are now looking into the case, according to City of Adelaide councillor Simon Hou.
The number of racist attacks on Asians, particularly ones wearing face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is on the rise, according to South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner Niki Vincent.
Authorities are asking those who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to file a tip online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.
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