London riots: Robbed student Ashraf Haziq gets VIP tour of Westminster
Ashraf Haziq, 20, who studies at Kaplan University in Angel Square, Islington, has become a hero of the London Riots after shocking footage showed him being robbed when bloodied and injured.
He toured Parliament on Monday with Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who said:
“I didn’t want that to be his lasting impression of London.”
Ashraf had his bike stolen and suffered a broken jaw in Barking during the third night of rioting on Monday August 8.
Hooded youths then pulled Ashraf to his feet before rifling through his rucksack and stealing his mobile and wallet.
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Millions have viewed an infamous video of the incident and Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack left him “disgusted”.
But speaking at the Malaysian High Commission on Thursday, after he was released from hospital, Ashraf described how he still loved being in the UK.
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He said: “Britain is great. Before I came here I was very eager and I haven’t got any ill-feelings about what happened. I am determined to stay. I feel very sorry for the people who did this. It was really sad because among them were children.”