A father and his toddler son were allegedly the target of a racist attack in Malmö, Sweden, according to local reports. The brutal attack has caused outraged activists to call for justice.
Yusuphah Sallah was walking with his son Yunus when they were approached by a group of four people, one of whom kicked the baby’s toy out of his hand. When Sallah tried to intervene and protect his son, he was attacked and his son was thrown to the ground.
According to a local newspaper, Sydsvenskan, several people rushed to the scene to join in the racial attack. Sallah, who is Gambian, says thugs shouted racist phrases at him, calling him a “black bastard.” They also reportedly told him to go back to where he came from.
“They beat and kicked his father on the body and the head. When he fell they tried to throw him off the bridge,” said Thomas Bull, Malmö Police Department’s hate crime unit chief.
Bull also confirmed that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
The attack against Sallah has sparked a discussion about prejudices against people of African descent in the country.
“In the past four years, we’ve seen that hate crimes have actually gone down in the country… [but] reports coming into the police regarding Afrophobia have increased,” said journalist Andrew Hedengren.
Anti-racism activist Momodou Malcolm Jallow told The Huffington Post that he’s determined to use his “Stop Afrophobia” campaign to bring the attention of government to these kinds of assaults.