Attack on PhD students sparks protest in Wisconsin

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victim photo, via Facebook

University of Wisconsin students organized a protest Friday following an attack earlier in the week on a Chinese PhD student.

“I felt really sad and so scared myself,” Karisa Liu said to the NBC15. “He was just a student walking back to his apartment from the [gym] after working out.”

Hundreds of students joined the march.

“I know how tremendously difficult it is for our students to come forward and share their stories, to organize something like this that is not always culturally appropriate in their home countries,” said Samantha McCabe, director of International Student Services at UW-Madison, to CNN.

The university expressed concern and acknowledged an uptick in violence against Asians in and around the campus in Madison, AsAmNews reported last week.

However, police do not think the attack is racially motivated.

Investigators say a group of men surrounded the victim from Hunan Province, China, and then began punching him, pushing him to the ground and kicking him.

Police arrested four people after the incident, including a 15-year-old juvenile. According to an incident report. police suspect the same suspects are responsible for two other attacks in the area.

They described the attacks as random.

However, a student posted on Instagram that she believes the same suspects attacked a South Asian student earlier the same night.

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