A video has surfaced on social media showing a South African tourist being pushed down a flight of stairs by a man in Amsterdam on Saturday.
Zanele Muholi‚ a South African photographer‚ posted the video on her Instagram page and claimed that it was a racist act.
“One of my friends and Inkanyiso crew members was pushed down stairs by the Airbnb owner where we stayed. He threw their belongings out … for few minutes late checkout. She collapsed and ended up in hospital. She suffered internal injuries and bruises. Am so angry with this I couldn’t even sleep. This is racism and can’t be justified… violence on black bodies as you can see in this video‚” she wrote.
Muholi could not be immediately reached for comment.
In the footage‚ two women can be seen talking to the man and telling him to not be emotional and questioning why he is searching through their belongings.
He is seen pushing the one woman against a wall and saying‚ “Out now.” Shortly thereafter he is seen forcefully pushing her and she falls down the stairs.
The man ran down the stairs and asked them to call an ambulance. One woman screamed “oh my God‚” repeatedly and was sobbing.
According to a Netherlands news website‚ NL Times‚ the man‚ a 47-year-old from Amsterdam‚ was arrested.
According to the newspaper‚ the four women had to be out of the home by 11am‚ but were still there at 1230pm.
Another Netherlands news outlet‚ 9News‚ reported that the woman has been discharged from hospital with minor injuries.
David King‚ Airbnb’s director of diversity and belonging‚ said he and the company’s CEO Brian Chesky were attempting to contact the affected guests.
“We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct‚ including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution‚” said King.
“Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.”
Social media was torn between whether the incident was a racist quarrel or not.
OMG. That's so frightening. That is some extreme violence for a bit of a time issue. Certainly looks like racism & assault.
— Kristin Whiteley (@causalitybrunch) July 9, 2017
You can't see he pushed maybe she fell? He didn't say any racist words, he actually said to call an ambulance so wanted to help her.
— Floortje Bellefleur (@FloortjeBellefl) July 9, 2017
If that were the case he should have called the police to have them removed. Pushing a woman or man down the stairs is assault…
— Ana Paula (@AnaIbinda) July 10, 2017
He was arrested. Charged with attempt murder.
— L J R (@Earl_GreyT) July 10, 2017