A man in Toronto, Canada was filmed lashing out at a Muslim man in front of his family after the latter allegedly asked a “question” about his province.
The incident occurred at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on July 23.
A video widely shared on Facebook begins with the blond man wearing a red shirt approaching the bearded man in blue who is Muslim.
A child can be heard suggesting calling 911 at the beginning of the video.
“Where you at?” the man in the red shirt asks.
“Your breath smells like alcohol,” the other man replies.
“I don’t give a f**k. You don’t tell me what to do in my province,” the man retaliates.
The scene escalates as the man in red gets physical.
The reportedly inebriated man yells about how the Muslim man cannot ask him a “question” in his “f**king province.”
“You don’t ask me a f**king question here in my province,” the man said. “Where the f**k are you from?”
A woman in the background can be heard calling authorities as the altercation continues.
“This man is abusing my brother. He’s touching him, he’s pushing him,” the woman said. “He’s pushing my brother, my uncle, everybody.”
The Muslim man responds to the other man’s aggression by pushing him away.
“Get the hell outta here before I do something to you. Come, punch! Punch!”
The family moves forward, but the man in red follows them.
“So why are you getting in my face? You started the whole f**king thing,” the man said. “You started the whole f**king thing! That’s why I’m not backing down.”
“He started the whole f**king thing! You don’t ask me a question here in my f**king province!
“I grew up here!”
Security officers arrived at the scene, but the man in red continued to lash out.
“You don’t ask me a question here in my province you f**kin’ piece of sh*t.
“Get the f**k outta here! You don’t ask me a question in my f**king province.
“You want respect? You f**king give it to me!”
His final words in the video were, “Welcome to Ontario, you a**hole!”
Witness Hasan Ahmed, who filmed the scene from the opposite side, was visiting Toronto for the first time with his family. Sadly, the scene was nothing his children had expected.
“It was racist. I was thinking he was going to hit the family and I was worried,” he told CBC. “My daughter is nine years old and my son is 12 years old. We’re Muslim too. My wife and my daughter wear a hijab as well and they were so scared.”
This blond white recist is harassing Muslims in the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto. 911 called and #TorontoPolice not yet showed up. Share if you are not a racist. #CBC #CTV pic.twitter.com/nyZC25KIKt
— Hasan Pervej Ahmed (@hasanpervej) July 23, 2018
A Toronto spokesperson told HuffPost Canada:
“Racism, harassment and assault are not acceptable in our parks and public spaces.
“We will also be reviewing the incident and the staff response to ensure we are doing everything possible to provide safe, welcoming spaces for residents and visitors.”
Police have reportedly spoken to both parties, but no charges have been made so far. The investigation continues.