Detectives are questioning two people over a racist tirade on a train that was filmed and posted online, with the ugly behaviour of the passenger involved drawing condemnation from the Australian prime minister.
The five-minute video shows a young man swearing and hurling racial slurs at a Queensland Rail train guard who had asked him to take his feet off the seats.
“Learn some fucking English because this is Australia, because I can’t understand you,” the man says. “Do you even have citizenship?”
When another rail officer steps in the young man calls him a “dumb white dog”.
Other passengers eventually intervene, telling the man to get off the train, but he declares: “I’ll sit on this train for hours if I have to, I’ll hold everyone up. I really don’t care,” before continuing to hurl foul language and racial insults and confront other occupants of the train.
After the footage went viral on Saturday evening a Facebook user claiming to be the man shown in the video left a comment claiming he had been drunk. “I was just drunk couldn’t remember shit so stop over reacting, but I am proud to be white!” the post read.
Another comment followed several hours later: “I’m really sorry to everyone that was affected by the video, I really can not remember anything out of all honesty, the post made before was someone else, I know this is no excuse.
“But can you all see from my point of view that I was a fucking idiot and I’m really sorry.”