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Woman apologizes for racist comments made in Coquitlam park

Last Updated Jul 1, 2020 at 3:06 pm PDT

Minnekhada Regional Park. (Courtesy Minnekhada Regional Park)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The mother of a young Iranian woman is speaking out after her daughter, and her daughter’s friend were subject to some racially charged language at Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam on Sunday.

A woman in the video can be seen telling the two young women to “Go back where they came from,” after she became upset with how the girls removed part of a berry bush.

Content warning: This video contains language some people may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.

some racist lady came up to my daughter Elika and her friend Sara when they were on a hike at Minnekhada regional park because they were eating berries from a branch! She had no right….

Posted by Azita Ebadati on Sunday, June 28, 2020

Azita Ebadadi tells NEWS 1130 the comments were inexcusable and has left a long-lasting impact on her daughter.

“It put everyone in a hard situation, because my kid, she born here, I wasn’t born here, but I came here a long, long time ago and I’m a citizen,” says Ebadadi. “The kids should never hear such a thing like that.”

The woman who made that comment at the park has said to NEWS 1130 that she is sorry for what was said.

“I did lose my head,” she said. “Afterwards, I wanted to apologize to the two girls because I got really angry, and I made a comment I should not have made.”

The woman claims she waited outside the park to apologize but she wasn’t able to spot them again.

“It popped out of my mouth because of the current climate,” she said. “I should have never even said any of that stuff … I think it’s unfortunate that it escalated.”

The woman adds she should have walked away but unfortunately, the conversation got “under my skin.”

Mayor Richard Stewart has already expressed shock at the comments.

“I recognize her frustration at that moment. Perhaps her buttons were being pushed,” he said. “But never does, ‘Go back to where you come from,’ come out of your mouth. That’s just an outrageous comment.”

Ebadadi, meantime, is accepting the apology and says she won’t be filing any report with the police.

“People make mistakes,” says Ebadadi.

Ebadadi posted the video of the argument to Facebook Sunday which has been shared over 3,000 times.