A black bus driver from Somalia was assaulted Tuesday in Helsinki by a white Finn, who apparently didn’t like a black man honking the horn at him. Ali Dahir, the victim who has been given sick leave from work, was hit by the attacker and suffered concussions.
“I had to stop at an intersection and almost crashed into a car that came from the wrong direction,” he said. “I honked my horn at him. He followed me [to the bus stop], walked inside and attacked me.”
The bus driver said that the man was clearly upset. “I was born in Finland,” he said, “and nobody honks the horn [in this country except for foreigners].”
The Somali bus driver, who is a Finnish citizen, got away from the assailant and locked himself in the attacker’s car until the police arrived.
According to Dahir, none of the passengers in the bus came to his rescue. Only two immigrant passengers inside the bus called the police.
“I was surprised that they didn’t arrest the man and lock him up,” he said. “If a Somali would have attacked a [white] Finnish bus driver, I’d be in jail. I’ve seen this happen before.”
The news was first published on Abdirahim Husu Hussein‘s Facebook page.