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Alleged racist attack caught on video

12/31/1969 07:00 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST

CBC News has released a video showing a black Vancouver man being beaten by an alleged white supremacist who has since been charged in connection with a string of apparently racially motivated attacks.

A CBC News videographer happened upon an apparent road-rage incident while on duty on Vancouver’s West Side in December 2008.

The videographer, who has asked not be be named and has been subpoenaed to testify at an upcoming trial in connection with the assault, said he saw a Caucasian man beating Papi Ngoqo on a city street.

The faces of the two men are difficult to see because the incident took place at night and is brightly backlit by the glare of headlights.

But Ngoqo, who is believed to of South African descent, is later clearly seen shaken and bleeding from the mouth as bystanders tried to lend him aid.

The Crown alleges the assailant was Shawn Donald Finlay MacDonald and also alleges that the assault was racially motivated.

When announcing the charges in December, police said they believe MacDonald, 39, and other men charged in a separate attacks are members of a white supremacist group called Blood and Honour.

MacDonald also faces two other charges stemming from an assault on a Hispanic man and an Aboriginal woman in 2010.

Two other Members are facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly setting a Filipino man on fire as he napped on this discarded sofa.

Possible South African link

Alan Dutton, the chair of Canada's Anti-Racism and Education and Research Society — who has been tracking neo-Nazi groups for 25 years and viewed the CBC News videotape.

“Blood and Honour has been around Vancouver and [Vancouver] Island for some time,” said Dutton. “They’ve had concerts, practice sessions using techniques, martial arts … We’ve been concerned about them for a number of years.”

Blood and Honour has chapters all over the world, and its B.C. members have international ties, Dutton said.

“In B.C., it would appear Blood and Honour is more associated with people from Volkfront and with some of the South African racists,” said Dutton.

Dutton also said he suspects the attack on a possible black South African might not have been random.

“They're out hunting people of visible minorities,” Dutton said.

MacDonald has not been convicted of any of the charges and is not due to appear in court on the assault charges until January 2013.

MacDonald also has no proven association with the Blood and Honour organization.

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