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'Want 13-Year-Old Son to be Like Them': Indian-American Man after Saving over 70 Protesters in US

Rahul Dubey has become a hero and a saviour overnight | Image credit: Twitter

Rahul Dubey has become a hero and a saviour overnight | Image credit: Twitter

Rahul Dubey also garnered fans in India including Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi who thanked him for opening his doors to the 'weak and oppressed'.

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  • Last Updated: June 3, 2020, 8:06 PM IST
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In the wake of violent protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd, while being in police custody, Indian American Rahul Dubey has surfaced as a hero and saviour in riot-torn Washington DC.

The Swann Street resident pulled open his doors to shelter nearly 70 protesters who were being chased and sprayed with pepper spray by police.

The US capital was under curfew from 7 pm Monday till 6 am the next day after violence erupted near the White House on Sunday night. The protesters that Dubey saved had been caught violating the curfew by cops who corralled them in from two ends of the street and attempted to subdue them with pepper spray. While the police made hundreds of arrests in the area, Dubey who has lived on the street for 17 years decided to throw open the doors to his three-storey house and shelter as many protesters as he could. Despite repeated attempts by police to enter his property and make arrests, Dubey managed to save nearly all the protesters he had sheltered.

It was only at 6 am when the curfew lifted that the protesters left Dubey's residence.

Despite becoming the humane face of the Black Lives Matter movement and a sweetheart among activists, Dubey seems to believe that he did nothing special. The interviews he has given to various media outlets from Tuesday onward after news of his generosity went viral have been insightful in understanding the extent of Dubey's compassion and humility.

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Speaking to ABC news channel WJLA, Rahul had a very positive message for the protesters. "I hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be as amazing as they are. I hope they continue to fight, and that they go out there peacefully like they did yesterday and not blink. Because our country needs them more than ever now.
Speaking about his experience of giving up his entire house to group of strangers, Dubey told BBC "Overnight, every square inch of this place had a person on it. And they were all strangers. They didn't know each other... There were many races and ethnicities together. It was beautiful. Like America. It gave me hope."
Describing events from outside the street, Dubey said, “And now the pepper spray is coming, and they’re coughing and they can’t see and they’re tripping up on the stairs and their friends or whoever’s around them is helping them, pulling them inside the house. And this went on for 10 minutes,” Dubey said, adding that “it was pure terror. It was 10 minutes of terror.” A Twitter user by the name of posted an incident on Twitter: "Rahul dubey gave shelter to protestors in DC after being held against the wall by police. When one of the protestors asked, how were you let go? he says "because I am not black". Someone had the courage to say it." As per police reports, nearly 300 protesters were arrested from Washington on Monday and nearly 200 of them were from Swann Street. Dubey is now being hailed as a hero for the community. On Tuesday, he was greeted by cheers and shouts from his fans, even as social media filled with admiration for the good samaritan.
Dubey also garnered fans in India including Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi who shared Dubey's story on his Twitter handle and thanked him for opening his doors to the "weak and oppressed".
">Washington Post in an interview that what he did was nothing special.

“I just opened a door. What they did was special. There’s nothing special about what I did,” Dubey told Washington Post in an interview.

"Our flag is hanging by a string. And no one is doing anything about it. Except for these people (the protesters) that were in this house on that night," Dubey told Wusa9 tv reporter outside his house.

Speaking to ABC news channel WJLA, Rahul had a very positive message for the protesters. "I hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be as amazing as they are. I hope they continue to fight, and that they go out there peacefully like they did yesterday and not blink. Because our country needs them more than ever now.

Speaking about his experience of giving up his entire house to group of strangers, Dubey told BBC "Overnight, every square inch of this place had a person on it. And they were all strangers. They didn't know each other... There were many races and ethnicities together. It was beautiful. Like America. It gave me hope."

Describing events from outside the street, Dubey said, “And now the pepper spray is coming, and they’re coughing and they can’t see and they’re tripping up on the stairs and their friends or whoever’s around them is helping them, pulling them inside the house. And this went on for 10 minutes,” Dubey said, adding that “it was pure terror. It was 10 minutes of terror.”

A Twitter user by the name of posted an incident on Twitter: "Rahul dubey gave shelter to protestors in DC after being held against the wall by police. When one of the protestors asked, how were you let go? he says "because I am not black". Someone had the courage to say it."

As per police reports, nearly 300 protesters were arrested from Washington on Monday and nearly 200 of them were from Swann Street. Dubey is now being hailed as a hero for the community. On Tuesday, he was greeted by cheers and shouts from his fans, even as social media filled with admiration for the good samaritan.

Dubey also garnered fans in India including Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi who shared Dubey's story on his Twitter handle and thanked him for opening his doors to the "weak and oppressed".

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