A woman was savagely beaten in Birmingham after defending her Chinese friend from being racially abused over the coronavirus outbreak.
Meera Solanki, from Solihull, was punched and knocked unconscious while celebrating her birthday at Ana Rocha Bar and Gallery in the city centre earlier this month.
The 29-year-old said her Chinese friend Mandy Huang, 28, was subjected to racist abuse by a man who was with a group of Asian men.
According to The Sunday Mercury, the unidentified attacker spat at Ms Solanki and later started hurling insults at Ms Huang.
“For some reason he got really angry with her. He started abusing her calling her a dirty c****,” Ms Solanki told the newspaper.
“He said ‘take your f****** coronavirus and take it back home’. He punched me in the head, I hit the pavement and was knocked unconcious,” Miss Solanki said.
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She added: “I was so shocked and horrified by his aggressive behaviour and horrific words.
“As I lay unconscious he continued to threaten my friends and abuse them before walking away calmly with his group of friends who did nothing to stop him or help me.”
Miss Solanki spent six hours at Heartlands Hospital where she was treated with concussion and was off work for a week.
West Midlands Police have launched an appeal to find the thug responsible for the shocking violence.
A police spokeswoman said: “We're investigating after a woman was assaulted after another was racially abused in Frederick Street, Hockley, around 2am on Sunday February 9.
“A man made racist marks to one woman and after he was asked to stop he punched another female, in her 20s, in the face.
“She was temporarily knocked unconscious but escaped without serious injury.
“The attacker is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall, of large build and was wearing a flat cap and hoodie at the time.”