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A man who was attacked in Sydney CBD has shared confronting images of the injuries he sustained after being attacked by five men in what he says was a hate crime.
At around 4am on Sunday 26 June, five men attempted to start a fight with a 33-year-old man on Oxford Street, near Riley Street in Darlinghurst.
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According to police, the man tried to avoid the confrontation and walked away, but was approached by one of the men, who punched and kicked him several times in the face. He was transported to the hospital after the incident.
Two months later, while Surry Hills police continue their search for those responsible, victim Aaron has now come forward and shared his experience on social media in hopes of locating his attackers.
The 33-year-old took to Instagram this week, describing the incident and saying it was “probably one of the most difficult things I’ve ever said or done on social media”.
Aaron wrote that he believes he was the victim of a hate crime and asked for help identifying the men believed to have been captured by CCTV.
“(I) am lucky to be alive,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I woke up (in the hospital) not knowing where I was, with a broken nose, blood all over me and my eyes swollen shut.
“I have a $10,000 dentist bill, need physical/chiro, consultation, Dr. Apps and dentist because I’ve been a victim of hate crimes.
“Please help, share and repost this post. so that I and others can stop this needless violence.”
The significant injuries Aaron sustained included inflammation around his brain and ears, dislocated teeth and a broken nose.
A GoFundMe page has also now been set up to help Aaron with his medical expenses and recovery.
Fundraiser organizer Alejandro Bareno said he wanted Aaron “to get the justice he deserves after the disgusting attack” and that it was “incredible and so sad” that hate crimes like this are still happening.
“No one should be a victim of hate crimes against the peaceful and happy LGTBQIA+ community,” he wrote.
“Let’s show these people that we all stick together in moments like this.”
As police continue to investigate the attack, they have released CCTV images of the men they believe can help.
Sharing his experiences online was a difficult decision for Aaron.
“I keep my hand on my heart when I say I don’t want anyone to go through this, I wanted to hide and it’s so important for me to share,” he wrote.
“It has taken a lot of energy to build up the strength to post and pray that the public can bring justice in a healthy/moral way.”
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
https://7news.com.au/news/crime-sydney/sydney-man-assaulted-in-alleged-hate-crime-shares-harrowing-photos-of-injuries-in-attempt-to-find-attackers-c-7951928 A Sydney man who was attacked for alleged hate crimes shares harrowing photos of injuries to help find attackers