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CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Attack That Left Elderly Asian Man in Coma

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 4/26/2021) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned the head-kicking anti-Asian attack that left an elderly Asian man in a coma. 

On April 23, a 61-year-old Asian man, Yao Pan Ma, was pushing a cart and collecting bottles in East Harlem when he was struck from behind and attacked. Ma was motionless on the sidewalk as his attacker repeatedly kicked and stomped on his head. Ma, a Chinese immigrant, has not awakened since and remains in a medically induced coma.

The attack was captured on video. The suspect is unidentified, and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating. The New York State Hate Crimes Task Force is also providing assistance in the investigation.

SEE: Head-kicking attack in New York leaves Asian man, 61, in coma, sparks hate-crime investigation

In a statement, CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed said: 

“We are sickened to learn about another vicious attack on the Asian-American community in our city. We ask all New Yorkers to reject hate and to help create a safe and welcoming city for Asian-Americans and members of all other minority communities. We send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Ma, his family, and community. We pray that Yao Pan Ma wakes up and recovers and that his attacker is captured and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

CAIR-New York is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.        

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director, 646-481-2103,; Afaf Nasher, CAIR-NY Executive Director;; 917-669-4006  

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