Police: Men Screaming ‘Trump’ Try To Rip Off Woman’s Hijab On NYC Subway

Mark Lennihan

Late Update, Dec. 14: DNAInfo, citing anonymous police sources, reported that the woman, Yasmin Seweid, has admitted to police that she made up the incident on the subway platform and was being charged with filing a false report.

Original story below:

Three men physically attacked a Muslim teenager at a Manhattan subway stop on Thursday night while shouting the name of the President-elect, police told the New York Daily News.

Police said the unidentified 18-year-old victim was waiting alone for the uptown 6 train at the 23rd Street and Park Avenue station when three young men approached her shouting “Donald Trump.”

Officers told the Daily News that they followed her onto the train, continuing to shout Trump’s name and allegedly calling her a “fucking terrorist.” The men, who the victim said appeared intoxicated, also allegedly told her to “get the hell out of the country” and said she didn’t “belong here.”

When she did not respond, they ripped her purse off her shoulder, breaking the strap, and attempted to pull off her hijab, police said.

The victim exited the train at Grand Central station and notified police about the incident. They told the Daily News that no arrests have been made but that surveillance footage is being reviewed to identify the assailants.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented some 867 hate incidents since Election Day, 49 of which targeted Muslims and 280 of which targeted immigrants. A number of other Muslim women have reported having strangers attempt to remove or comment on their headscarves. In September, a Brooklyn women punched and attempted to pull off the hijabs worn by two Muslim mothers as they pushed their babies in strollers in the Bath Beach neighborhood.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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