South African Artist Assaulted In Netherlands Airbnb Race-Motivated Incident

South African artist Sibahle Nkumbi got violently pushed down a flight of stairs by a man following an Airbnb dispute in the Netherlands.

AMSTERDAM—South African photographer and artist Zanele Muholi posted a short Instagram video of her friend, filmmaker and writer Sibahle Nkumbi, getting violently pushed down a flight of stairs by a man.

The man is husband to the owner of an Airbnb apartment that the artists were staying in while in Amsterdam. The two artists were in the city for an exhibition by Muholi.

“We knew that we were late, and we heard the bell ring,” says Nkumbi in a video interview with Netherlands-based journalist Kevin P Roberson. “The lady (owner of the Airbnb) was a little bit upset, but she managed to talk politely. She stated that this is not acceptable: ‘You guys need to pack and leave now.’ I was like, ‘Can you give us a few minutes?’ And I apologized profusely for being late.”

According to Nkumbi, the lady then came back a few minutes later accompanied by her husband. “He was banging the door,” she says of the husband. “He was already angry when he was banging on the door, screaming ‘Open, open, open up.’ We opened the door, and this guy was extremely emotional. And I tried to ask him, 'why are you being so emotional?'"

Nkumbi goes on to state that the man started referring to them as “You People,” and went on to to tell Nkumbi she wasn’t the artist and queen she thinks she is. “You need to leave now, this is not Africa,” he told her.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, was quoted by South African entertainment website KWESEfied saying, “Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for.”

The man who assaulted Nkumbi has been arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter.

Watch the video of the incident below and the whole interview with Sibahle Nkumbi underneath.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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