Commuters were subjected to a horrifying display of racism and threats of violence on a Melbourne bus when a French woman was abused for singing in her native tongue.
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Video of racial tirade on bus goes viral
On a Melbourne bus on November 11, a man started a race-based attack against some French women, in particular one. Passenger Mike Nayna turned on his camera.
Video footage of the incident, taken by Melbourne stand-up comedian Mike Nayna, shows three people — including a man pushing a pram — threatening the woman, calling her a c---, a dog and a bitch.
"Speak English or die, motherf---er," a middle-aged man shouted at the woman, who was sitting at the back of the bus.
He later continued: "Everyone on the bus wants to kill ya! You're gonna have to get off eventually bitch. You worked that out yet?"
He then threatened to cut off her breasts if she continued.
Mr Nayna said a woman, believed to be the partner of a man with a pram, heckled the French woman, to which she replied: "Just go; you can go now."
He said that prompted the man with the pram to shout: "I'll f---ing boxcutter you right now, dog, talk to my missus like that.
"Yeah, come on c---, get off. F---ing ding. Look at ya. You've been told about four times, get off."
When the man pushing the pram left the bus, he smashed the window closest to the woman from the outside.
The bus was a rail replacement running on the regular Frankston line from Mordialloc to Caulfield about 10.30pm on Sunday, November 11.
Mr Nayna said it was worrying how the abusers fed off each other and became a mob.
"It didn't make any sense. There was no logic," he said.
"It was just weird mob mentality. They were feeding off each other and breaking off into rants and encouraging each other over some racist stuff — it was like a bonding session."
Mr Nayna, who has light-brown skin, said at one point he tried to stop the fracas but he was also abused with a rant about how black people should sit at the back of the bus.
Another passenger offered one of the abusers his fishing knife and gave him a beer.
"Then he went off on a tangent about filleting people and saying 'They're just scared c---- at the back of the bus," Mr Nayna said.
Mr Nayna said Victoria Police had contacted him about the footage and would speak to them later on Wednesday.
He said he had uploaded the footage to shame those involved and who were featured in the video into realising what they had done.
"I don't care about these people, I feel like they can reap what they sow, so good luck to them, but what I'd prefer to do is ... show how embarrassing it is and get people talking about that maybe racism is a problem," Mr Nayna said.
"I want those people to see it and hopefully it will change the way they think by being shamed.
"There were just a lot of scared faces and confusion ... there was just no sense to be made of it."
The video has had more than 300,000 views on YouTube and has drawn attention of media outlets across the world.
In 2010, three men were the first in Victoria charged with inciting racial hatred, accused of verbally and physically assaulting an Indian man on a bus between Frankston and Rye. All three had charges against them dropped last year.