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Bravery Deliveroo rider assaulted in Temple Bar was attacked on five previous occasions

"I'm here to address this issue because it's been happening again and again and I'm not the (only) victim. There are so many other riders going through the same situation"

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Deliveroo rider Mohammed was attacked on five previous occasions

Deliveroo rider Mohammed was attacked on five previous occasions

Deliveroo rider Mohammed was attacked on five previous occasions

The Deliveroo rider who was subjected to a horrific street assault in Dublin’s Temple Bar has spoken of his ordeal, while revealing that he has suffered five previous attacks

The shocking incident involving Mohammed Iftikar was captured on video and widely shared on social media. It shows a group surrounding the young delivery driver, who had been travelling through the main street in Temple Bar on a bicycle at around 10pm on September 27.

The delivery rider appears to get involved in a stand-off with a man holding a wine bottle, whose face is covered in blood.

At one point, Mohammed is held down on the ground by this man and appears to use an object in his hand to defend himself.

 

A woman can be heard shouting in the background, “go back to your own country” while the man screams “don’t hit my sister”.

Mohammed told Claire Byrne on RTE last night how he had gone to a restaurant to collect food and had locked up his bike when the incident unfolded.

“I collected the food and put that in the bag. I saw some girls and they were hopping on my bike, so they were messing with my bike.

"I left my bag in the restaurant and went out and tried to tell them to just move on from my bike so I can go.

“They just started arguing and suddenly one of them, she punched my face. To be honest, I would like to tell you that I have been attacked five times before so that made me aggressive.

“I punched her back and the fella who was there, in the black trousers and t-shirt, he just popped up and started arguing that, ‘you hit my sister’, and then he suddenly pulled me down and then we had a fight.

“That’s the situation in the video.”

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Mohammed was injured in the incident and held up his hand showing his little finger bandaged around a splint as it had been fractured. He also showed scratches to his face and indicated that he stitches in his cheek.

He also told how he had been assaulted five times before, with the most recent occasion before the one in Temple Bar being an incident on Parnell Street, just in front of the Aldi store.

“I was delivering food to the customer and I didn't notice that there were like five to six fellows there,” he recalled.

“I was facing the customer and one of them just punched me from behind. When I started fighting back, the others took my bike. That was an electric bike and it cost me like €1,000."

Despite his terrifying ordeal Mohammed revealed that he has been back working as a food delivery driver since last Wednesday.

Asked was he not frightened going back out, he replied, “We're used to these things.

“I'm here to address this issue because it's been happening again and again and I'm not the (only) victim. There are so many other riders going through the same situation.”

Dublin councillor Daithi Doolan said he was “absolutely horrified” like so many other people after he saw the video. He also applauded Mohammed for having “the bravery to come on the show and stand up to his attackers”.

“Let’s not shy away from this, these are racist attacks,” he added. “There's a tone of racism here that needs to be challenged and I think we need to take heart from Mohammed’s bravery and stand up to racism.

“We we need to redouble our efforts in challenging racism in Dublin and send a very clear message here this evening that racism must have no part to play in Irish society.”

Cllr Doolan also said a stronger Garda presence was required in the street which was reinforced by former Garda assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy.

Mr Leahy told the show there was not one Garda, junior or senior, that wouldn't accept more resources if they got them.

“It's just a fact of life,” he said. “Of course we need more resources on the streets. In order to tackle the problem in the short term it’s boots on the ground and reclaiming the space that's required,” he said.

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