Man says bus driver attacked him because he couldn’t speak French

Man says bus driver attacked him because he couldn’t speak French
Anthony Govas sporting a shiner (Image: Supplied via CBC)

[Ed. – Where but Canada?]

An Ottawa man says he was punched in the face by a bus driver in Gatineau, Que., who was angry that he couldn’t speak French.

Anthony Govas said he was at the de la Gappe transit station Wednesday afternoon when a bus driver with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) tried to strike up a conversation with him.

Govas told the driver, who appeared to be on a break, that he didn’t speak the language — and that led the driver, he said, to accuse him of not respecting people from Quebec.

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The driver then punched him at least four times in the face, Govas said.

“It was a shock,” he told Radio-Canada. “I didn’t think this was going to happen.”

Govas believes he was targeted because he has Asperger’s Syndrome.

On the weekend he was sporting a black eye, a split lip, and a scar from where he said his glasses cut into his face.

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