Three male-to-female (MtF) transgenders escaped with their lives after a mob of 200 men attacked them with bottles and forced them to strip naked.
The incident occurred on Saturday, May 1, at Sunset Bar in Cotonou, Benin, a country in West Africa. The violence was captured on cell phone video and uploaded to social media.
The video was shared on Twitter by NGO and LGBT+ advocacy group Hirondelle Club Benin to spread awareness about violence against transgenders.
The video shows three MtF trans being harassed by a crowd of 200 men. The men force them to take off their clothes while they are being slapped and pelted with objects.
One of the victims told The Observers that the attack was planned.
"My man knew I was transgender and asked me to invite my transgender friends. When we arrived, he asked me to go outside.
Once we managed to get outside to help our friend, they began attacking the three of us. There were about 200 men there, and they forced us to strip naked while they laughed and filmed up. It was humiliating."
The victims were able to find shelter within Hirondelle Club Benin. But they said the "whole nation" – including "our families and bosses" – viewed the video of the attack after it went viral on social media.
"We'll never be able to find a job again," one of the victims said. "Everyone here is against us. Even young children in the street have been [pointing] fingers at us."
The video caption reads:
"We have just denounced an umpteenth aggression against people LGBTQi in Benin a few days before the celebration of May 17.We condemn these acts with the last rigor. We will come back for more details."
No arrests have been made.
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Police have arrested one of the juveniles seen in viral videos attacking a BMW on a Manhattan street this week.
Video footage shows dozens of teens surrounding the vehicle, kicking the car and punching the windows as the driver's frantic mother called 911 while screaming, "We're going to die!
The 70-year-old woman and her son had just dropped off a donation to a nonprofit organization that benefits Black Lives Matter when the attack happened.
Max Torgovnick told the NY Post he and his mother were headed to his father's neurology office on Fifth Avenue when his BMW was surrounded by a pack of 50 teenagers on BMX bicycles -- Christmas gifts from a nonprofit organization.
Torgovnick said he was worried the teens would smash out his car windows, get inside the car and pull them out.
According to the NY Post, the juvenile detainee, who lives in Queens, is being charged with vandalism to Torgovnick's car and other misdemeanors.
More arrests are expected.
Viral video shows dozens of teenagers attacking a BMW bearing medical license plates on the streets of Manhattan.
As the panicked driver attempts to flee -- without running the toddlers over -- some of the teens tried to hitch a ride on the car's exterior.
Video footage shows teens kicking the car and punching the windows. A few of the youngsters jumped on the car's hood. Another kid slammed his bike down on the hood.
One teen jumped on the car's windshield with both feet, shattering the glass.
Other videos show teens on bicycles chasing after the BMW and circling the car menacingly. 1 of the bikers slammed into the car when the driver hit the brake, resulting in a bloody lip.
If you're wondering where the cops were during the chaos, the city defunded them months ago. They only show up for emergencies now.
Hot 97 on Sunday fired an employee of 20 years after learning he was part of a mob of racists that killed Yusuf Hawkins in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY in 1989.
Pasquale "Paddy Duke" Raucci was identified as one of the youths in the mob, according to the HBO documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn.
Hot 97 announced it was "shocked" to learn of Raucci's part in Hawkins' death after watching the documentary.
The station announced Raucci's termination in a tweet on Sunday.
Raucci was employed by Emmis Communications in 1994 and worked with DJ Angie Martinez during her time at the radio station. Martinez and Raucci are pictured above in an undated video still.
Hawkins, 16, was walking with three friends in Bensonhurst on Aug. 23, 1989, when they were ambushed by a group of about 30 Italian-American men and teens who demanded to know whether he was dating a neighborhood girl.
Hawkins, who was Black, was in the neighborhood with his friends to inquire about purchasing a used 1982 Pontiac automobile.
He was chased and beaten by men wielding baseball bats. One man, armed with a gun, shot Hawkins in the chest when he tried to defend himself.
Joseph Fama, the 19-year-old man who fired the shot that killed Hawkins, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1990 and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
Fama is not eligible for parole until 2022, when he will be 50 years old.
A shocking video making the rounds on Instagram shows a neighborhood OG urging teenagers to jump another teen for allegedly filming a p0rn video.
The incident occurred at the Nickerson Gardens public housing apartment complex, located at 1590 East 114th Street in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
A man films himself encouraging teenagers to beat the teen who cowers on the ground in a fetal position to protect his head from the blows and kicks.
"You is not from the hood, n***a. You got a whole d**k in your mouth, blood. This is you, n***a," the man says while holding a cellphone that allegedly shows a video of the teen performing oral sex.
After the teens pummeled and kicked the young man, the OG ordered him to leave the hood.
The video, which was also posted on Worldstar Hip Hop, drew angry reactions from viewers.
"All of these men need to arrested... Black Lives suppose to matter huh? Disgraceful," wrote one Instagram user.
Another user wrote:
"To the pu$$y ass niggas who did this: I bet y'all won't run up in the White House with that same energy. I bet y'all won't keep that same energy with the cops killing black folks. I bet y'all won't keep that same energy for the racist ass white folks..."
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A male-to-female trans was badly beaten by a mob of at least 30 men in a convenience store parking lot in Minnesota this week.
Minnesota is ground zero for violent protests in response to the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a white police officer.
Cell phone video shows the Hispanic MtF trans being punched and stomped by a mob of Black males.
The tweet's author seemed to blame Black men in general and Black "cishet" females for the mob violence.
"Black men I don't have it in me to write a long post cishet Black women I don't have it In me to reprimand you all either. DO BETTER."
After many on social media questioned what preceded the beat down, someone wrote:
"Real Story of [Iyanna] Dior She jump into another persons car. Than she drove 50mph in a parking lot with kids.She than crash into 4-5 different cars. She was also not sober she was intoxicated. She than got out the car and ran to the corner store call sam diary #BlackLivesMatter."
The bloodied and bruised Dior fled inside the convenience store where the owner provided shelter behind the counter.
But Dior began to swear at the mob which only elevated tensions again.
Twitter users expressed outrage at the savage beating, as many asked for contact details to help Dior.
Conservative Twitter activist Mark Dice tweeted, "So, Black Lives Matter, unless it's a black transgender person who happened to dent another black person's car in Minneapolis?"
Several concerned citizens reached out to Dior on Facebook. Dior soon posted a request for donations to "help me pay for the vehicles I destroyed..."