A 29 year-old Iranian man who fled his homeland to avoid homophobic persecution has had his throat slashed in a homophobic attack at a Canadian university.

“Mo”, who has been living in Toronto since 2009, was attacked by a 21 year-old fellow student around lunchtime on November 25 at the York University Campus of Seneca College.

The attack reportedly happened in front of a large number of students and was captured on security camera.

The 21 year-old man was charged with assault with a weapon and released on bail to appear in court at a later date.

During the attack the offender allegedly called Mo a “faggot” and told him to “go back to your country.”

Mo has been assisted by the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees Inc. since fleeing Iran and the group will now file a discrimination complaint on his behalf.

Members of the Iranian LGBTI community in Toronto will be gathering at the York University Campus to protest the attack and what they feel is a failure by the College to treat the matter as a serious concern.

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