Female bus driver beaten up for asking female passenger to put on a mask in Germany weeks after French bus driver was kicked to death for safety rule enforcement
- The attack took place on Tuesday in the city of Darmstadt, near Frankfurt
- The driver was hit several times when the attacker left the bus as part of the group
- The group, including a child, declined to wear face masks despite requests
- The incident comes after French bus driver Philippe Monguillot was beaten to death
A woman attacked a female bus driver and injured her after refusing to wear a face mask in Germany.
Police are looking for the suspect after the attack in the city of Darmstadt in Hesse, near Frankfurt, on Tuesday evening.
The woman, aged between 20 and 30, was part of a group of three men and a child who fled the scene.
The attack comes in the same month that French bus driver Philippe Monguillot died after being attacked by passengers who refused to wear face masks.
In Germany, everyone is legally obliged to wear a cover over their face during public transport.
The attacker got on the bus at Darmstadt main station before hitting the female driver when she got off. The mayor of the city quickly condemned the attack
Darmstadt Central Bus Station: Where the woman, who was part of a group of five, including a child, got on the bus. They refused to comply with German law and wore face masks (Stock image)
Darmstadt mayor Jochen Partsch has condemned the incident, he said Web24News.
He said, “The people who have been affected by this violence are representative of all of us, and they do their job to protect all of us.
“The currently increasing disrespect and violence against security forces, as well as against fire brigades, rescue and emergency services and other public service workers, must be stopped.”
The woman reportedly got on the bus at Darmstadt main station. No one in her group covered their mouths and noses.
They first insulted the driver after ignoring the bus driver’s requests to put on masks.
At the end of the trip, the suspect hit the driver several times when she left the bus.
In France, bus driver Mr Monguillot made similar requests to passengers when he was attacked in Bayonne.
The attack in Germany comes in the same month that French bus driver Philippe Monguillot (photo with his wife Veronique Monguillot) was brutally beaten after trying to enforce the coronavirus rules on his bus in southwest Bayonne.
Hundreds showed up for the funeral of Mr. Monguillot, 59 years old. Darmstadt Mayor Jochen Partsch says the wave of attacks on transport workers must be stopped
Five days after the attack, his family said he died of brain damage.
Hundreds attended his funeral, while thousands also took part in a protest march in the city.
Two men in their twenties have been charged with attempted murder.
Last week, a bus driver in Bournemouth, England, was hit with a beer can and kicked to the ground by a passenger who was not wearing a face mask.
The Dorset police are investigating.