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Drunk Men Yelling “Donald Trump” Attempt To Remove Woman’s Hijab On NYC Subway

“No matter how ‘cultured’ or ‘Americanized’ I am, these people don't see me as an American,” Yasmin Seweid, who was born in Brooklyn, wrote on Facebook. UPDATE: The woman was arrested on Dec. 14 for filing a false police report and obstructing government administration, police said

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Yasmin Seweid was arrested on Dec. 14 for filing a false police report and obstructing government administration, police said. The original BuzzFeed News story is below.

A Muslim woman was verbally and physically attacked on a New York City subway Thursday night by three drunk white men who repeatedly yelled “Donald Trump” and attempted to remove her hijab, police said.

According to Yasmin Seweid, a business student at Baruch College in Manhattan, nobody else on the train came to her aid during the incident.

The 18-year-old told the New York Daily News that she had just left an event on campus Thursday night when three men approached her on an uptown 6 subway near the 23rd Street stop.

They yelled President-elect Donald Trump’s name over and over, and said to her, “Look, it’s a fucking terrorist,” Seweid said in a Facebook post on Friday.

She said they also yelled, “Get the hell out of the country!” and, “You don’t belong here!”

Seweid was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to Egyptian immigrant parents, she told the Daily News.

She said when she asked the men, who appeared to be intoxicated, to stop bothering her, they laughed and continued as other riders looked on.

Seweid moved to the end of the train, but they followed her and attempted to pull off her hijab while yelling, “Take that thing off!”

In her Facebook post, Seweid wrote about her disappointment that nobody on the train intervened when the men began to attack her.

“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs,” she wrote.

“Trump America is real and I witnessed it first hand last night! What a traumatizing night,” she added.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told BuzzFeed News that the investigation was ongoing.

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Nov. 29 released a new report detailing the impact that President-elect Trump’s victory has had on the number of hate crimes committed across the country.

In the weeks following Trump’s election, the group recorded 867 hate incidents committed. Of those, 206 occurred in public places.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Seweid for more information.

Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

Contact Tamerra Griffin at tamerra.griffin@buzzfeed.com.

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