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Court appearance after Huntly incident

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/02/2017
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A 27-year-old woman is due to appear in court after allegedly abusing Muslim women in Huntly during the weekend.

The woman is due to appear in Hamilton District Court on charges of assault, assault with a weapon, and offensive language.

The Muslim women from Auckland were at a rest stop in Huntly on Saturday when the woman swore at them and told them "you don't have the right to be here".

She also struck out at the group and threw a beer can in an exchange filmed by one of the group, Mehpara Khan, who posted the video on Facebook and reported the incident to police.

The video has been viewed by more than 400,000 people.

On Sunday the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand joined a host others condemning the attack.

The Islamic Council urged other women to follow Ms Kahn's example and report instances of harassment and abuse to the council or Human Rights Commission and New Zealand Police where appropriate.

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