Indian-American senatorial candidate attacked in Massachusetts

By PTI Published on Jul 29, 2018 03:21 PM IST

New York: An Indian-American senatorial candidate has been assaulted allegedly by a racist man who punched him in the face leaving him severely bleeding at a town hall in Massachusetts, according to media reports.

Shiva Ayyadurai, 54, who is running Independent against powerful incumbent Elizabeth Warren from the Democratic party was attacked last week by her supporter, Boston.com reported. Ayyadurai, an eminent scientist and an outspoken critic, was punched by a man, wearing a t-shirt which said liberal and a Warren for Senate sticker.

He approched Ayyadurai with an umbrella while he bullhorned a queue of Warren supporters outside a town hall in Great Barrington, where the Democratic Senator was scheduled to appear, the report said. "I was just punched in face by a racist @SenWarren supporter," Ayyadurai tweeted.

"This is how these white privileged white supremacists react. What you just witnessed is how you white supremacists react when you don't want to hear the truth from a dark-skinned Indian guy. The same guy you claim you want to help. You guys are racists," Ayyadurai said.

He received a bloody lip, swelling, and abrasions, the report said. The encounter played out as a crowd of Warren supporters waited to enter a center, the Great Barrington police said in a statement.