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Student films racist chants in university halls

PICTURED: Rufaro Chisango

UPDATE: Two men arrested after Rufaro Chisango films racist chanting outside her room.


A Nottingham Trent University student's video of fellow students shouting racist chants outside her room has gone viral.

Rufaro Chisango shared the footage on Twitter last night with the caption: "yoo I’m fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting 'we hate the blacks' outside my bedroom door. Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable."

In the video, male students can be heard shouting: "We hate the blacks."

Chisango says they also chanted: "blacks would go back to picking cotton" but she wasn't able to capture that on video.

The incident happened on Monday night, when the female student was alone in her room, and was reported to Nottingham Trent University.

"I told the reception and they said that this will be dealt with Tuesday morning, they took my details and said they would inform me... it’s Wednesday night and they haven’t," she wrote on Twitter.

She added: "I have written a statement and sent it to the uni, and so have my parents and some friends.

Labour MP David Lammy shared his support for the student on social media and asked her to inform the police and her local MP of her experience.

"Please contact the Police and your Member of Parliament and cc me in. All my love and solidarity," he tweeted.

Singer-songwriter MNEK also reached out to Chisango. He tweeted: "I'm so sorry."

The video has been shared over 37,000 times.

In response to the footage, Nottingham Trent University tweeted: "We are shocked and appalled to see the video of racist chanting posted yesterday evening. This kind of vile behaviour will not be tolerated at NTU. Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation."

A Nottingham Police Force spokesperson said: "It's wholly unacceptable. We treat hate crime extremely seriously and we'd always urge a victim of or a witness to hate crime to report it."

UPDATE: Since investigating the video, Nottingham Police Force have arrested two men in connection with racially aggravated public order offences. The men, both aged 18, remain in police custody.

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