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Glasgow mum racially abused in front of her kids in Asda

A video has surfaced online showing the 40-year-old being subjected to racial abuse.

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A Glasgow mum has been subjected to racist abuse in front of her two young children while shopping at Asda in Toryglen.

A video has surfaced online showing Zaitoon Sharif being told to "go back to your own country" in front of her frightened daughters aged 12 and nine, by a man who also told her to "F*** off" and threatened to "see her outside".

The 40-year-old, who was wearing a head scarf, could be heard replying: "This is my country, mate." as she asked Asda staff to call the police.

Ms Sharif's two young children were terrified during the incident, which she says is her first "official experience of a racist hate crime" towards her.

Speaking on a Facebook post she said: "So I have just had my first official experience of a racist-hate crime towards me.

"I was in Toryglen Asda with two of my girls who are under the age of 12.

"A Scottish Caucasian man decided to spout poison a lot of the usual stuff "your kind, go back to your own country, you lot are all the same etc etc" he was being verbally abusive and even suggested I should wait until I get outside and he will show me.

"If I take anything away from this incident, it's always stand up for yourself in a dignified manner."
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"All I saw was a pathetic attempt of him trying to pronounce the word discrimination along with a few other pathetic attempts to even communicate.

"Anyway I wasn't going to stand for it and I asked the staff to call the police.

"The kids were absolutely shaken and terrified by the whole thing.

"If I take anything away from this incident, it's always stand up for yourself ( in a dignified manner ) even though I'm sure my French came out a few times and also if you see someone being harassed just stand beside them , you dont have to say anything or do anything just show the person they are not alone.

"Hate crime, racism, Islamophobia has reared its ugly head again."

Police are now investigating the incident that took place on Friday night.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "Officers attended a supermarket in Toryglen on Friday after reports that a woman was subjected to racial comments.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

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