A video of a UBC professor and poet being assaulted is gaining traction on social media.
Dr. Ray Hsu says he was attacked at Main and King Edward just after 1 Thursday afternoon.
Hsu says he was pushed by the alleged attacker before getting off the bus, so he took the man’s photo when he got off because he thought something might happen.
He says that man then knocked the phone out of his hand and punched him in the face multiple times.
Hsu says at the end of the day, there weren’t just physical injuries.
“When he was punching me in the face I was calling for help to the people around me, but they walked away.”
“I think the part that hurts most is actually emotional, which is when I was calling for help and people didn’t do anything.”
A witness later gave him a short video of the attack.
Hsu says he gave the photo of the alleged attacker to Vancouver police.
He had this message for the public:
“I understand that it’s hard when you watch something happen right in front of you as a bystander. Maybe people feel scared, or maybe they don’t feel like they know what’s going on when someone’s calling for help. I can only hope that if I were in a similar situation I would act, but it’s hard to tell.”
“I think the thing I feel best about, actually, is the support I’ve received online. People saying ‘I can’t believe this happened to you,’, and sharing it on their networks.”
No word yet from the VPD.
The video from his post can be seen below.