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Wisconsin Man Splashed With Battery Acid, Told To ‘Go Back To Your Country’ In Alleged Hate Crime

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On Friday, November 1, U.S. citizen Mahud Villalaz was attacked by an as yet unnamed 61-year-old man in a horrifying hate crime.

Villalaz—who is of Peruvian descent—was parking his car outside a Mexican restaurant when he was approached by the stranger, who said:

“‘You don’t respect my laws. You can’t invade my country, so go back to your country.’”

The frequent rhetoric of White nationalists, “go back to your country” has also been used by President Donald Trump against non-White members of Congress. The federal office overseeing equal rights in employment identifies the phrase as White nationalist hate speech.

The phrase has been used throughout history to attack non-White U.S. citizens, like the Japanese during WWII, people of Middle Eastern descent after 9/11 and POC during the administration of President Trump.

Villalaz moved his car, then returned to the restaurant to find the angry man still there.

After a small argument, the man threw battery acid in Villalaz’s face.

Security video of the incident quickly went viral online.

 

City Alderman Joe G. Perez said the attack:

“was a heinous crime that will have a long-term impact on the life of the victim. We as a community need to come together to work through our differences and learn to respect one another and diffuse conflict.”

He believes hate crime charges are soon to come.

Villalaz commented to reporters:

“I don’t want this guy near my kids, near my family. My son calls me today, ‘Daddy what happened to you?’ What do I tell him? Some crazy guy did this to me?”

Social media couldn’t believe humanity would sink to such lows.

Fortunately, the assailant is now in police custody awaiting trial.

 

A GoFundMe has been set up by Villalaz’s family to help cover medical expenses.

Hopefully justice will be served and Villalaz’s assailant will be put where they cannot hurt others ever again. And hopefully Villalaz’s family will get the help they need for medical and psychological treatment to recover from this racist hate crime.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--