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Attacked on the street

December 17th, 2007 . by Matt

So there I was walking down the street in the Sydney CBD (my neighborhood) walking a few meters behind a couple of friends and thus to all appearances looking like I was alone, when a Chinese guy with another guy and a girl that were walking past PUNCHED me as he walked by.

I was stunned for a few seconds after getting hit in the ribs, not believing what happened and unable to think. They just kept walking after that single punch. Then something hit me after someone on the street asked me if I was alright – a rage. I roared after the guy that hit me catching up to him. My friends who had been walking ahead of me just realised what happened after I started roaring. What happened next can be described by my friend, in an email that he sent to another friend that I will paste here.

We were with Mr P hitting the streets when out of nowhere some guy sucker punched Matt and then Matt went berserk and tackled him to the ground and started punching him to the road.

His mates tried to gang up till I tackled one of them and distracted them long enough till Matt got his message thru to the street! Scruffy Murphy’s sercurity came and broke it up. It was out front of Mat-ta-ma! All the Ks were looking at the fight!

I pounded the guy to hell. But WTF is going on when you are just attacked for no reason walking down the street? The guy that attacked me even looked completely normal.


14 Responses to “Attacked on the street”

  1. comment number 1 by: Gerry-Bevers

    How do you know he was Chinese, Matt? And what is a “K”?

  2. comment number 2 by: Lyrt

    That is just crazy. I hope you’re well and you beat the crap out of him.

  3. comment number 3 by: BananaBoi

    That’s really bizarre! I’m just glad that Matt’s alright. The guy that sucker punched Matt got what he deserved.

  4. comment number 4 by: camphortree

    I am relieved that you returned what they deserved. The scarest part of your experience is that they did it to you as if they were breathing air like any other moment. A kind of “Banality of Evil” is hitting Australian streets, I hope I am wrong.

  5. comment number 5 by: T_K

    What did the sucker puncher expect to happen? Didn’t he consider that you might not be delighted at his gesture?
    Next time, aim lower so we can get the guy a Darwin Award or something.

  6. comment number 6 by: Matt

    How do you know he was Chinese, Matt? And what is a “K”?

    Outward appearance, clothing, attitude. Not sure about citizenship status, of course. He being Chinese doesn’t really have anything to do with what happened, I only included that because someone might ask me if it was a Korean. LOL. A ‘K’ is Korean.

    I am relieved that you returned what they deserved. The scarest part of your experience is that they did it to you as if they were breathing air like any other moment. A kind of “Banality of Evil” is hitting Australian streets, I hope I am wrong.

    You are not. I have lived in the CBD for 5 years, and now it is as bad as it was in the 1990s. In the time immediately following the Olympics, things improved greatly. Now there is lots of aggression, anger, and crime.

  7. comment number 7 by: BananaBoi

    In the early 1990s, there was alot of Chinese and Vietnamese gangs in Sydney CBD area mugging and recruiting people.

  8. comment number 8 by: tman

    It was probably a payback for the guy who punched you. He probably got suckered punched by a white guy few weeks before, and the Chinese guy was stewing until you walked by. He was talking to his friends about how angry he was and then it just happens he saw you and he decided to take it out on you.

  9. comment number 9 by: MarkA

    Did the cops show up? Was anyone charged?

  10. comment number 10 by: Ocebey

    It was probably a payback for the guy who punched you. He probably got suckered punched by a white guy few weeks before, and the Chinese guy was stewing until you walked by. He was talking to his friends about how angry he was and then it just happens he saw you and he decided to take it out on you.

    Well even if it were true it’s just stupid to take it out on “any” white guy passing. I really don’t understand how it would make anyone feel better.

  11. comment number 11 by: Matt

    Did the cops show up? Was anyone charged?

    The cops were AWOL, and are useless anyway.

  12. comment number 12 by: camphortree

    If Chinese attack Chinese, under close knit networks of 幣 among the immigrants one would have to risk violent reactions from the fellow Chinese. The thugs who attacked Matt could have launched the assault because the white passerby looked like a much safer target.
    It is only my guess.

  13. comment number 13 by: Errol

    Time for you to get out of Sydney, Matt.

    … since the Olympics. Sydney’s demographic fortunes have changed sharply,” said Bob Birrell, Director of Monash University’s Centre for Population and Urban Research.

    The latest census shows 111,400 more people left Sydney than arrived from elsewhere in Australia between 2001 and last year.

    “We’ve got floods of people coming in through the front door, into Sydney through Mascot (airport from other countries), but the backdoor’s wide open, and Gen Y and down-shifters are streaming out. You don’t find that to the same extent in other capital cities,” Demographer Bernard Salt said.

    Sydney’s loss is most acute in the youth belt, which is the group providing the best gauge of a city’s health. The reversal over the past five years suggests cost of living pressures are pushing out Sydney’s young and discouraging others from settling in their place.

    Since the Olympics, Sydney has become a little scarier at night. The place is even filling up with Outback Stations … I mean Outback Steakhouses that Florida outfit thet’s rode inta Sydeney … Yee —— Ha!!!!

    Move Matt on, head Matt up,
    Head Matt up, move Matt out,

    Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
    Though he’s disapprovin’
    Keep thet Matt movin’

    Don’t try to understand that Matt boy
    Just rope, throw, and brand him
    Soon we’ll be living high and wide.

    Rawhide!


  14. […] Something is going very, very wrong with Sydney these days. I see violent incidents almost all the time now. Even I was attacked on the street. Lets hope the murderers are found. […]