Hundreds of people marched through the city on Wednesday night to show solidarity with Daniel Ezzedine, who is currently fighting for his life due to an attack on June 6. They demonstrated to the Whitefriars area, where the boy was assaulted.
On June 6, 17-year-old Daniel Ezzedine was beaten really badly by a gang. The attack is a suspected hate crime. The young teenager was left fighting for his life in a coma. The police are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime. His brother said doctors initially gave him a 30 per cent chance of survival.
A 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys, all from Canterbury, and a 17-year-old boy from Margate, Kent, have also been held. A 44-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A 17-year-old boy from Canterbury was also arrested on Saturday but was released on bail.
The ‘march against racism’ attracted hundreds of people. You could hear people chanting ‘Say it loud, say it clear – don’t give in to racist fear’, the Kent Messenger reports.
A Just Giving page was set up by well-wishers, after the attack to support the boy’s parents while they remain with their son in hospital. The page aimed to raise £5,000, with the public so far donating more than £8,000.
Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has -helped the victim’s family get to the UK. She said: ‘This is a horrific and shameful stain on our usually very peaceful city. Extremely thankful for our wonderful police, ambulance crews and all who came to assist.’
A call for hope and prayer
In an emotional post on Facebook, the victims brother added: “I pray and ask Allah for mercy and that you will soon be on your legs again my little brother. You don’t deserve the dead!
“I love you, my heart burns I won’t be able to live without you. Insallah you’ll be fine soon.”
Alongside a picture of his brother, he continued: “Please make a prayer and prayer that my brother who doesn’t deserve the bad is going well again and doesn’t leave any damage.” He said that his mother and two older siblings are by Daniel’s side.
Let us support the family and friends by giving them our sincerest prayers and thoughts.