A Syrian asylum seeker who was verbally and physically abused by a bus driver in Sweden has told The Local the incident has left him shocked and humiliated.
The man, an asylum seeker from Syria staying on Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, told regional newspaper Barometern, which broke the story, that the incident took place on Tuesday morning on the 6.15am bus to Borgholm.
Speaking to The Local on Wednesday, he described how a fellow asylum seeker from Afghanistan got on the bus before him, but when he next tried to board, the driver closed the door in his face.
"I saw one of our neighbours who had a car and told him what happened. He then drove me quickly to the next stop ahead, where I could again get the same bus and continue to the centre," said the man, who wishes to be known only by his first name Muhammed.
He said it was not the first time the bus driver had refused to allow residents at the asylum centre to travel and decided to snap a picture of the man to report him. When the bus reached its next stop, the driver got up and attemped to take his own picture of Muhammed, who responded by covering his face.
Another passenger filmed the incident. The video shows the furious bus driver pulling on the man's clothes, kicking him and repeatedly hitting him on the back of his head, saying: "I hate you damn swines."