EXCLUSIVE:Anti-anglo beating?

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 5/8/2013 6:00:00 AM

A 63-year-old Montreal man says he may have been the victim of racial and anti-anglo slurs and beaten up and sent to hospital as a result.

Shamslla Bina told CJAD 800 News he was on his way home late Sunday afternoon from the de l'Eglise metro, when he told a young man in English not to press up so close to him on the escalator. Bina said the young man was with two other men and two women. Bina said the young man told him to go back to Ontario and to his own country. Bina, who came to Montreal from Iran 30 years ago, switched to French, the language he uses the most, and the dispute continued onto the street.

Bina said the three young men caught up with him a few blocks away and attacked him, hitting him in the face and head and then kicking him when he fell. Bina said they left but came back minutes later and started kicking him again while he was still lying on the ground.

Hydel Condes was working nearby at the time and saw part of the attack and one of the suspects.

"He saw something on the street, he took it and punched the old guy in the face," Condes said.

"After that, the old guy sat down there, full of blood and I called 9-1-1."

Bina suffered a cut above his eye that had to be stitched up along with several bruises and cuts on his face and head; his lung was bruised because of a kick to his side. Bina said doctors told him he may be released in a day or two.

Bina said language or his Iranian background may have been the motives behind the taunting and the attack which occurred on his birthday.

"I don't know why, I don't understand. (It was) for nothing," Bina said.

Police said almost right after the attack, they arrested one of the three suspects, a 23-year-old man facing four charges including assault causing bodliy harm. The other two are still being sought.

Photos: Shuyee Lee

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  1. m. Novak posted on 05/08/2013 06:26 AM
    I am so sick of hearing about young people beating people up because of the language they speak or because of what they are. It has happened once too often and it seems no one seems to care enough to do something about it. You do all realize it is a form of discrimination and last I heard that was still not right, or it is against the law to discriminate for ANY reason. This language garbage has caused more problems then people are willing to admit. I will always only speak English in public, in a store, on the streets, or any where else I want to. Honestly I am a minority member and an Anglophone and I refuse to be forced or bullied into doing anything I don't want to. I certainly hope that the police will start paying more attention to these sorts of things before it gets way too out of hand!!!!
    1. Rudolph S posted on 05/08/2013 08:25 AM
      @m. Novak la reine Pauline will give these Punks a medal......It is typical for these cowardly idiots, they only manage to attack kids or old people for speaking english. Let them once pick on someone their own size and see who will end up bloodied at a hospital (en francais)
    2. Wiley posted on 05/08/2013 09:17 AM
      @m. Novak How are we supposed to control the actions of every kid? obviously we try to avoid these situations but it is bound to happen sometimes. we cant do anything about that.
  2. Richard posted on 05/08/2013 07:36 AM
    1. Ertic posted on 05/08/2013 10:30 AM
      @Richard These are the future peasants under the regime of Queen Pauline. Totally disgusting.
    2. Barcham posted on 05/08/2013 11:02 AM
      @Richard The ones who are the most dangerous are not the uneducated, they are the ones in power who are inciting these people to take such actions.
  3. Jeff Carter posted on 05/08/2013 07:42 AM
    Sad that we live in a society where the instigator is the government. The PQ is dividing the province, French vs English. If it continues we might be facing a civil war.
    1. steve posted on 05/08/2013 02:48 PM
      @Jeff Carter People are responsible for their own actions. It's fun to find a scapegoat, I know. Especially if it furthers your own agenda. Back in '95, when I was all of 13, living in Ville Saint-Laurent, It'd routinely be sneered at and intimidated for speaking French, and having a French surname. I had beer bottles thrown at my friends and I on election night. I've had my tires slashed and some nasty grafiti on my windshield because of the Quebec Flag hanging from my balcony.

      The point is assholes transcend language lines. It's not political affiliation or mother tongue that dictates the propensity of people to be douchebags. These people didn't pull this shit on me because they're anglophones or whatnot, they did it because they're assholes,

      As long as you continue making these sorts of distinctions along language lines and based on political affiliation, you're part of the problem, not the solution.
  4. Mike posted on 05/08/2013 08:04 AM
    Unfortunately the politics in this province has given the Green light for this type of thing. They have shown its OK to discriminate as they have placed actual laws that promote discrimination. So how can you blame these idiots? Now with Marois in power, they feel its Ok to bring it to the streets now. Marois doesnt realize she is fueling the youth with a terrible sense of righteousness, backed with violence. Its only going to get worse, and will take years to subdue or even get things back to a civil calm. Already there are signs of these attitudes in Ontario, and they will ruin the fabric of yet another great Province. I hope people will come to their senses and stop this disease.
  5. Mary posted on 05/08/2013 08:24 AM
    Language or ethnicity maybe what set the thugs off but cowards like that will beat up on someone just to show off to their girlfriends what big men they are. I hope the girls and guys are all arrested for this. The girls did nothing to stop them so they're just as guilty. I also hope the victim takes them all to court to be held accountable.
  6. TS posted on 05/08/2013 09:09 AM
    Mr. Bina attack was a pure hate crime, I hope the police make the criminal charges as such.
  7. Simon Templar posted on 05/08/2013 09:41 AM
    I hope the police pursue this as a hate crime.
  8. Kharvey posted on 05/08/2013 09:46 AM
    I am sorry for Mr. Bina, no one should lay a finger on anyone else.

    I do not agree that this is about race or language. I believe that these 4 people got pissed at Bina because he was being rude and a bigot himself. Why tell some to "to go back to Ontario and to his own country" why not just say that he doesn't speak English? that would have solved it. instead he was rude and got beaten for it.

    Even his comments "to go back to Ontario and to his own country" is so stupid it hurts, just because they are speaking English they are from Ontario? hell, guess what Mr. Bina, Quebec and Ontario ARE A PART OF THE SAME COUNTRY!.

    I hope they find these 4 and press charges on them, and I hope that this has opened Mr. Bina's eyes to watch what he says in any language.
    1. Shawn posted on 05/08/2013 10:21 AM
      @Kharvey Dude, you didn't read the article. It was the kids that told HIM to go back to Ontario. Read it again.
    2. Caroline posted on 05/08/2013 10:24 AM
      @Kharvey Did you read the same article as us. Mr. Bina did not tell them to go back to Ontario or his own country....it was the young man who said that.

      The quote actually said
      "Bina said the young man told him to go back to Ontario and to his own country"

      Bina was not being rude or a bigot all he did was ask him not to press so close to him
  9. Jason posted on 05/08/2013 09:52 AM
    Yup, you anti-anglo hating frenchman, I say bring it on....... I served many years in the military fighting overseas and representing Canada as a whole. I do have one fight left in me and that's against those who are trying to seperate this great nation. So again, you seperatists I say bring it own.
    1. Simon Templar posted on 05/08/2013 07:41 PM
      @Jason Hear hear!
  10. Tony Fregapane posted on 05/08/2013 09:56 AM
    The french media and PQ is responsible for planting the seeds to these attacks.. Bet you these thugs did not even vote in the last elections. These thugs are the future of Quebec.
    1. Charles posted on 05/08/2013 02:53 PM
      @Tony Fregapane The French media won't go near sociolinguistic issues with a ten foot pole. On the whole, it's more critical (but without being as glaringly biased) than the English media.

      I'd say the hatemongering and tendancy toward hyperbole in the English media does much to add fuel to the fire. You need go no further than the comments right here on this article; it's difficult to not get the impression that Anglophones hate Francophones. Pointing this out is of course, a taboo.
  11. Jason posted on 05/08/2013 10:25 AM
    Terrible reporting. You have no solid evidence that this is a language motivated attack and yet you spread rumours and divisive stories that provoke language tensions. Your big "exclusive" is exclusive because no one else is as reckless with the facts and will report that story in that way. It's shameful you have such low standards.
    1. Barcham posted on 05/08/2013 10:57 AM
      @Jason Not language motivated? He spoke in English and was told to go back to Ontario and his own country. So why don't you tell us what their motivation really was? The only people provoking language tensions in this province are the PQ and their supporters.
    2. Sara posted on 05/08/2013 11:00 AM
      @Jason Seems like a logical assumption based on the story to me. He commented in English, was told to go "back to Ontario" and then was attacked. Gee, I wonder what could have spurred the attack.
  12. Dean posted on 05/08/2013 11:20 AM
    When Quebec seperates we will see who rules over who. I know for a fact America is going to take over because of the water resources. Iraqi style take over if need be. Be careful what you wish for. a beautiful province going down the drain because of FRENCH pride. Really , Canada doesnt need french as a second language , it needs cantonese or punjabi. God forbid this countrys social change and unrest.
  13. People Concern posted on 05/08/2013 11:23 AM
    Who the hell tell other immigrants to go back to their country. This country is belong to only Native Indians and only Native Indians. The rest of all are immigrants who immigrate here including the french people who thinks this country belongs to them. Look at the history read............ french people you guys are from France the country send you guys here because they don't want you there. The country who took these people thinks now the whole country belongs to them.
    1. Gerry Gagnon posted on 05/08/2013 05:11 PM
      @People Concern The country does NOT belong to the Indians. One has to be ignorant of Canadian history {like our Supreme Court} to say such nonsense. READ THE TREATIES! Here's a sample:
      TREATY 1: "The Chippewa and Swampy Cree Tribes of Indians and all other the Indians inhabiting the district hereinafter described and defined do hereby CEDE, RELEASE, SURRENDER and YIELD UP to Her Majesty the Queen and successors FOREVER ALL THE LANDS included within the following limits...
      {There follows a lengthy description of the territory ceded, released, surrendered, etc.}
      "To have and to hold the same to Her said Majesty the Queen and Her successors FOR EVER..."

      And since only the OWNER of the land gets resource revenue...

      TREATY 2: "The Chippewa Tribe of Indians and all other the Indians inhabiting the district hereinafter described and defined do hereby CEDE, RELEASE, SURRENDER, and YIELD UP to Her Majesty the Queen, and Her successors FOREVER, ALL THE LANDS included within the following limits..."
      {There follows a lengthy description of the territory ceded, released, surrendered, etc.}

      TREATY 3: "The Saulteaux Tribe of the Ojibbeway Indians and all other the Indians inhabiting the district hereinafter described and defined, do hereby CEDE, RELEASE, SURRENDER and YIELD UP TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA for Her Majesty the Queen and Her successors FOREVER, ALL THEIR RIGHTS, TITLES AND PRIVILEGES WHATSOEVER, TO THE LANDS INCLUDED within the following limits...
      {There follows a lengthy description of the territory ceded, released, surrendered, etc.}
  14. Ken posted on 05/08/2013 11:45 AM
    They should be charged with "Hate crimes" !! Notice how our Quebec government condones these actions by NOT speaking out against them. Poutine Marois " refuses to make a comment when asked about the tensions caused because they are caused on PURPOSE.
  15. Ken Allan posted on 05/08/2013 12:29 PM
    This is a hate crime and should be treated as such under criminal law. I moved from Montreal to the Toronto area in 1977. My sister and her family along with my Dad still reside there. I have followed the current "boiling pot "since the latest Quebec election. I'm appalled at the further proposed restrictions (Bill 14). This is a government who is blatantly pursuing a reduction of basic Canadian Charter Rights and will impact all Quebec residents. It's time for some federal interjection.

    My Father's generation was decimated. The direct cause was a German Government who applied restrictive laws against there own people. The difference then was religion versus Quebec's language focus. History has demonstrated that a radical party can win control of the government and impose life impacting laws. Governments then as now did nothing other than practice appeasement.

    Mr Harper, right or wrong, please take a stand. Silence is no longer an option.

    Lest We Forget!
  16. Kimberly D posted on 05/08/2013 12:37 PM
    This makes me sick, but again not surprised. I live on the south shore, Chateauguay which use to be mostly french. its now a lot more English, but still french is the majority, I would think. About 12-15 years ago, about 5 minutes from my house, this french kid, about 18 at the time, got jumped by a gang of English kids, from my school, who were no older than 15. They beat this poor kid so bad, he wasn't able to play football anymore because his knees were severely broken. It was all stemmed around the kid being french. The french kid was such a nice nice kid. Polite, friendly, respectful. And although he didn't speak English very well, he always tried. This gang of English kids beat the Christ out of the poor kid and ruined him for life. Where do you think this anger and violence comes from? These kids are taught in this province that English and french are very separate groups of people and french is superior. It just drives me crazy how intensely racist and discriminatory we are of a province. Considering all the amazing ethnicities that reside here. When are we going to stop hating each other based on our color, religious beliefs and language??
  17. Montreal Bilingue posted on 05/08/2013 12:43 PM
    Disgusting..... This how PQ and CAQ's minions protect language. In reality they are killing the language and it's reputation.
    Degoûtant....C'est comme ça que les pionniers du PQ et de la CAQ protegent la langue. En réalité, ils sont en train de la tuer, et sa réputation avec.
  18. Tina posted on 05/08/2013 01:06 PM
    I believe that hate crime charges should be brought up.
  19. Steve Lyster posted on 05/08/2013 02:28 PM
    I feel really sorry to where this rotten mess has gotten to. As a Quebec "native son" who left years ago because of economics and politics, why can't the people of Quebec see what is going on? My wife and I recently spent a week in the Montreal area visiting our daughter and researching some of my heritage, and had a wonderful time. Then along comes an issue like this. It's the same as the lady that was attacked by a Metro attendant a couple of weeks ago. Stupid stupid politics. The Quebec people need to realize that the rest of Canada IS NOT against them! There are healthy and vibrant French communities all over this country where the culture and language flourish! Perhaps it needs to start in the school system, sending French kids on exchanges to other French communities well away from Quebec (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) so that they can see what the rest of this great country of ours is all about.
  20. Ross posted on 05/08/2013 03:22 PM
    The person(s) responsible should be sent to prison in Iran . They have no idea how to appreciate our freedoms in Canada. To top it off , Last time I checked , Quebec was not a country .
  21. angloboy posted on 05/08/2013 04:20 PM
    See...and so many people think that the PQ are not doing anything for the city!
    This story is a perfect example of how the PQ are generating revenue for the medicare system! And Pauline is personally helping the economy (with her cosmetic purchases alone) because it takes a lot of makeup to make that face look almost human!
    To be honest, the only thing that surprised me about this attack in the Metro was that it wasn't carried out by the Ticket Booth Attendant!
  22. Cutie003 posted on 05/08/2013 07:25 PM
    Government sanctioned hate towards minorities is the latest theme of the PQ government. Someone stated below that Pauline does not realize what is going on - BS - this is carefully planned by the PQ to scare more "no" votes out of the province for her/their next referendum. There will be civil war and these separatists do not care in the least that they are promoting this. Hey you separatists - watch it - all your politicos have already lined their pockets with your money and will desert you on the first aircraft out of here when the violence gets out of hand. If you believe anything else will happen, your disneyworld dreams will soon be turning into a nightmare. You will be starved into submission by North America and soldiers will be on the streets. If this is what you aiming for, your wish will truly come to be!
  23. Cynthia Tataryn posted on 05/08/2013 07:50 PM
    My apologies go out to this man as aQuebecer by birth and a once proud Verduner. This type of hate makes me VERY glad that I left Quebec 30 years ago and raised my own children in a far better place called Toronto!
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