The patriarch of the Melbourne (heavily Muslim area of Australia) family members kicked off a 10-day South Pacific cruise has denied claims his
relatives incited a ‘bloodbath’ of violence on board the vessel. But witnesses and crew say otherwise.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Father David Barkho’s 20-year-old son George (2 photos below) – along with 22 other members of his family were removed from the Carnival Legend cruise ship on Friday morning after the vessel docked at Eden, New South Wales, before it sailed to Melbourne for a Saturday arrival. (The surname Barkho is an Islamic name which originated in Syria and occurs in a higher density in the islamic nation of Lebanon than anywhere else)
The media are still not identifying the ethnicity/religion of the violent family and are trying not to by blurring a lot of the photos, but images from the non-censored photos and video of those involved in the fighting seem to indicate that they are Lebanese Muslims.
NZ Herald Twenty- six members of a single extended family were evicted from the Carnival Legend after a mass brawl outside a ship nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning. The evicted family ‘brawled for days’ on board before the final ‘bloodbath.
But is now been revealed that on board clashes involving the family had broken out in daylight around the pool in the days leading up to the final, bloody conflict, news.com.au reports.
Video recorded by passengers on the ten-day South Pacific cruise show young adults fighting with ship’s pursers and other staff on deck. Women and men push and shove with the Carnival Legend officers dressed in white uniforms. The cruise company’s executives later confirmed that one family had been involved in ongoing incidents.
But it was the bloody clash at 1.30am on Friday which forced Carnival to the “unprecedented” eviction of the 26-member family, after calling NSW Police and docking at Eden on the NSW South Coast.
As the family was offloaded on to police boats on Friday morning, passengers rained down a barrage of insults from above on deck, yelling “Get off” and “You’re not heroes, you’re deros”.
One of the evicted members of the family held up a derisive finger in response. The days of fighting on board revealed in videos and passenger accounts, include guests saying they were “scared for their safety” in the eight days leading up to the family’s eviction.
Passenger Naomi told the Herald Sun that said there had been a number of fights on board, including in a nightclub and in an elevator the next day. “And a big fight on the lido deck, which went on for about 45 minutes,” she said.
“Lots of yelling people being threatened. Being called dogs in the smoking area. (Calling people “dogs” is a favorite Muslim expression) A pool was full of children, people were pulling their children out of the pool because they were crying and scared.
“There are about 20 of the family, older people, teenagers and young kids with them,” a passenger, Naomi, said.The final violent clash which forced the Carnival Legend into Eden is believed to have started after a rubber thong was stepped on.
Images have also emerged of Carnival Legend passengers who were injured during violent flare-ups on the 10-day cruise. The Herald Sun has been told members of a family had been put under “house arrest” on the ship by security guards.
Passengers described how they locked themselves in their cabins as violence between two large groups broke out on several occasions.
They said threats had been made to stab and throw people overboard during what was described as a “cruise from hell.”