Guns are banned, but broken bottles and Korans are fully legal.
Asian in the UK is used to encompass a sizable chunk of the Muslim world. Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are both referred to as Asian and they are a major social problem. The police are suggesting the attackers might be Bengali, but they could just as easily be Bangladeshi Muslims.
Francesco Hounye, 22, was set upon by five Asian men as he walked home from a night out with a friend, just three days after arriving in the UK from Florida.
CCTV shows the gang smash a glass bottle in his face before chasing him and repeatedly punching and kicking him.
As Mr Hounye tried to escape, the men chased after him and continued to beat him up before fleeing.
The victim suffered deep slash wounds to his head and right ear as well as internal injuries and a chipped tooth.
He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he received 23 stitches and will now be scarred for life.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ben Mott, said: "We believe the suspects picked a fight with the victim as he was obviously not from the local area and they took exception to the fact that he was a bit different.
"The victim has an Italian accent, his own style of dress and mannerisms and, when challenged by the Asian males, answered them back.
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