A caucasian car passenger has been filmed taunting a man of Asian appearance in a seemingly racially motivated incident at a set of traffic lights.
The man was filmed looking over at Cairns local Charlie Lee while simulating coughs and sneezes and laughing along with the female driver of his vehicle.
He was heard saying the word “ah-choo” while covering his mouth, making it obvious he was faking the sneezing.
Mr Lee, who is from Korea, uploaded the video to Facebook on Tuesday and a short time after was overwhelmed by Queenslanders sharing in his condemnation of the man’s behaviour.
“Embarrassed experience of racism in Australia. What stupid behaviour,” Mr Lee wrote in his post.
More than 180 people agreed with him, and slammed the man’s appalling display.
“This is disgusting. I'm so sorry this happened to you,” one person wrote in a comment.
“So sorry and embarrassed that you have to experience this,” another said.
Sadly, this was not the first instance of racism in Australia since the outbreak of coronavirus, with two girls set on by an aggressive woman in Sydney who blamed them for the spread of the virus.
People caught deliberately spreading the virus to someone else could now face life in prison, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Wednesday.
He said it was also an offence to cause someone else to fear they had been transmitted the disease.
Two people have already been charged with these acts in the ACT, Mr Hunt said.
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