Brisbane councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan paid a heavy price for trying to de-escalate a violent situation: he received a broken nose for his troubles.
The Gabba councilor spent Friday night in hospital after he was punched in the face by a stranger in the West End after he tried to calm him down.
“I have a couple of chipped teeth (if only the Australian government introduced free dental care!), a cut near my eye and a broken nose that will have to be fixed by a specialist in a couple of days,” he wrote on Facebook. .
“My nose is VERY off-center.”
Sriranganathan said he was enjoying a meal in Bunyapa Park on Friday night when he heard shouting from across the street on Vulture Street.
“A guy who looked very drunk and angry was threatening and lashing out at people on the sidewalk, lashing out randomly. It looked like someone could get pretty hurt,” he said.
“He threw a glass bottle at a person’s head without any provocation or warning, and he was also concerned for his safety because he was wobbling on the road and could be hit by a car.
“When he started chasing a couple of other young people down the sidewalk, I tried to step in and de-escalate.
“Without warning, he ran forward and hit me hard on the nose.”