If you’ve been watching video footage of the London Riots then you’ve probably seen the video of a group of looters helping an injured boy up, only to rob him. The video has accrued more than 2.2 million views on YouTube so far and everyone has been wondering who this boy is and whether he is okay. This morning he speaks out.
The Guardian reports that the victim in the video is 20-year old Asyraf Haziq, an overseas student at Kaplan International College from Malaysia. Asyraf is currently at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, where he is being treated for a broken jaw and broken teeth, but his spirit is not broken.
Asyraf told The Sun about his experience. “I was cycling with another student to visit a friend when a gang of about 20 came towards me. I think some had knives. The youngest looked like he was primary school age. They came in a group, they didn’t attack first, they wanted the bicycle.” Asyraf says that he isn’t sure if he was hit or simply fell when one of the looters took his bicycle, but the next thing he knew he was on the ground and his mouth was bleeding.
In addition to stealing Asyraf’s bicycle and phone, they also took his PSP and a container when they rifled through his bag after helping him up. Asyraf says, “The video has been seen by lots of people. I want to thank them for their support. I want everyone to know, these people may steal my things, they won’t break me.” Asyraf Haziq has only been in Britain for a month, but despite the attack he plans to stay to finish his studies.
PM David Cameron said, “When we see the disgusting sight of a young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear that there are things badly wrong with our society.”
The video of Asyraf’s mugging is the most-viewed video from the London Riots thus far. If you haven’t seen it yet you can watch it below, and feel free to share your thoughts with us.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.