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"I thought I was going to die": a journalist's knife struck & # 39; in a homophobic attack

Kiwi Newshuba journalist Aziz Al-Sa'a'in al-A'in was beaten during the weekend in a homophobic attack that he thought would "die."

Speaking at the AM Show this morning, Al-Sa'a'in described his evening with friends at Road # Celebrating the Pride of the Week. He said, "I thought that would be one of my safest places."

Two or three men approached the cell at Mobil, who first talked politely, and then "before I knew that, my friend was in the field and smashed."

"Then as I walked toward him, I got the deck in my left eye. I got pushed back, and I'm still trying to make sense of the situation and as I fell back I could only see my friend getting polverized on the ground. in the stomach in the face. She was trying to protect her (head), was in a fetal position, he said.

"Then another fist contacted the right side of my jaw … shouted" foxes, homosexuals, you go to hell. "I lost sight and sight, and I had no idea where I was." "Actually, I thought, and I do not speak it lightly, but I thought I would die at that moment, ever since."

There were three witnesses who saw the incident and helped Al-Sa'afi find a friend who fled.

His friend found Aziz's lost phone and managed to find a way back to his house and saw, "one side of his (friend's) face is blue and has a broken tooth."

Aziz went to the police yesterday and said, "They were incredible."

"Police Officer John, Police Officer Lee and Police Officer Murray, John told me" this is the first time I've been personally dealing with such a case before homophobia, "and I said" why? "he said," people are too afraid to go ahead, they are simply scared to be judged, even today, to this day. "

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