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Train heroes buoyed by support against racist outburst
- Erin Marie
- Herald Sun
- April 13, 2013 12:00AM
Hero stands up to hate-filled women
The infamous rant captured on a Melbourne train shows both racism, and those who were willing to stand up to it.
THE two men subjected to a vicious racial tirade on a Metro train have hailed their fellow commuters for standing with them to shout down the hate-filled woman.
Speaking exclusively to the Herald Sun, mates Mahmood Serepah Reza, 27, and Michael Awan, 25, relived the "beautiful" moment a carriage full of passengers stood up to a vile racist.
Not willing to submit to the woman's outbursts, Mr Awan spoke up.
"I told her to 'shut up' and then she headed in my direction and was very aggressive and started pushing me," he said.
It's time to take a stand
"(But) people behind me were all telling her to relax and not to touch me.
Commuters Mahmood Reza and Michael Awan stood up to a woman who racially abused a packed Melbourne train on Wednesday night.
"I thought it was really beautiful that the whole train stood up for me. There were teenagers to my left, Indian students, some by themselves.
"The train was like a unit. It was amazing. It just goes to show the misguided, narrow-minded view of one person does not represent the whole nation."
The hate-filled rant on a Craigieburn-bound service on Wednesday night left commuters stunned.
Thousands more Victorians showed their support after the Herald Sun published footage of the abuse.
New vision has now emerged, taken by one of the heroes who stepped in.
Racist rant caught on camera
Passengers make a stand as a woman lets fly with a foul racist tirade on a Melbourne train.
Commuters endured the 10-minute ordeal from Flinders St to North Melbourne station where the woman - accompanied by a male - erupted in a foul-mouthed attack that included physically shoving Mr Reza, who chose to speak out.
Mr Reza and Mr Awan said they were "gobsmacked" by the racist remarks after they boarded the train at Parliament station.
Mr Reza said he "saw fear in people's eyes" as the woman's male companion patrolled the carriage and asked passengers: "Does anyone have a problem with what she's saying?"
Mr Awan said he had checked at each station from Parliament for a PSO officer to remove the pair from the carriage, locating officers at North Melbourne station who escorted the pair from the train.
Mr Awan, a Sudanese-born IT student and a volunteer with the Salvation Army's Metro Transit Team, which cares for vulnerable commuters, said he felt "unaccepted" when he became the target of the woman's abuse.
The woman confronts passengers on the train.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty said Protective Services Officers escorted the 37-year-old South Melbourne woman off the train at North Melbourne station and interviewed her.
Her companion, a 44-year-old Meadow Heights man, was searched and given a drug diversion notice after he was found to have illegal substances.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Gillian Triggs said: "I applaud the young man who stood up to the abuse and the man who conducted the heartwarming handshake. That is truly an Australian gesture and something we can be proud of."