Six youths, aged 14 and 18, have been charged with a range of robbery and assault offenses after they attacked Chinese international students while in a train traveling between Sydney’s Central and Rockdale stations at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, The Inquirer said.
One of the victims, a student currently undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Technology, wrote on his blog on Chinese social media site; "I really wish all of this is just a nightmare. However, the smell of blood in my mouth and body pains reminds me that this city is so dangerous. A gang of hooligans attacked us. Our noses are fractured and our bodies are covered in blood. My friend's cheekbone was crushed. They attacked us with glass and burnt us with lit cigarettes. My face is burnt and totally disfigured! Worst of all, I really hated their racist comments. They were calling us Asian dogs and pussies while they were beating us. When my friend tried to wipe blood from his nose, a teenaged girl stuffed my friend's mouth with her tampon removed from her pants."
The post has reportedly spread across the internet with more than 10,000 re-tweets and was said to have made headlines on China’s mainstream media sparking a media storm and causing many Chinese students to express online their disgust over what happened.
Australia’s ex-PM and former foreign minister Kevin Rudd said he would “try to approach the police and department of education” about the incident, but meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Canberra has issued two safety warnings for Chinese citizens travelling to Australia.