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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Racist abuse may drive me out of Ireland says Pakistani doctor

A Pakistani doctor working in Ireland says he may leave the country after being the victim of a racist attack.

Dr Syed Kamran Haider Bukhari, who was one of 100 doctors to be recruited by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in July 2011, told the Evening Herald about being punched and kicked by a female in a nightclub and being labeled a nigger.
The 32-year-old junior doctor was enjoying a night out recently when he was assaulted by a young female.
"A young girl who was clearly drunk approached me on the dance floor before shouting nasty names at me. She punched and slapped me but she was taken away by her friends who apologised.
"But then she came back. She was shouting racial expressions at me before punching and kicking me. I couldn't defend myself, it's not in my nature to [retaliate].
"I love this country. I work extremely hard and I have made so many friends and have had so many good experiences here,” he told the Evening Herald.
However, this is not the first instant of racial abuse the father has experienced since moving to Ireland.

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