And since Islam is not a ‘race,’ calling out African gangs cannot be considered ‘racist.’ CHANNEL 7 Current Affairs show is under fire over claims that its report on Melbourne’s African gangs was race baiting. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said people in Melbourne are afraid to go out to restaurants at night because of #AfricanGangs.
NEWS.AU (h/t Sara S) Comedian Meshel Laurie is among the Melburnians to slam the story, saying the report — which alleged the city had been overrun with African (Muslim) gangs — was “racist bullshit.”
Reporter Alex Cullen introduced the story: “Barely a week goes by that they’re not in the news. “African (Muslim) gangs running riot, terrorising, robbing, wreaking havoc. “Yet we live in such politically correct times, the police have been loath to admit there’s even a problem — but there is.”
Even before the segment went to air, Sunday Night was copping criticism across social media. “See the first scene? Flinders Street has been painted since then, and was covered in scaffolding for the two years before that. See the second scene? I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Melbourne, but there is a HUGE bloody hole there that has been there for 2 years,” Twitter user Alan Baxter wrote.
Time to light up Twitter people!
Twitter under #NotmyAustralia and let people know:
No to racism @Channel7
No to vilifying young men of colour
No to fearmongering and hate speech
One love & people ❤️💪🏼
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) July 8, 2018
The segment was also panned by community leaders from South Sudan, the country Channel 7 claimed most of Australia’s “African criminals” came from. Melbourne-based litigation lawyer Maker Mayek, who is originally from South Sudan, tweeted up a storm before and after the program aired, urging viewers to change the channel.
The Twitter hashtag #NotMyAustralia also became one of the top trending hashtags in the country as the program went to air.
The Sunday Night program also aired an interview with Melbourne woman Elaine French, who was working at a high-end jewellery store in Toorak when it was robbed by a group of men. Described as a “broken woman”, Ms French said the robbery had ruined her life.
“I don’t have a life anymore. These four walls is where I live. I’m too nervy. I can’t go to a shopping centre because if I ran into a coloured person I’d be having a panic attack again,” she said. The robbery took place a year ago and Ms French was interviewed for the Channel 7 program last night. When Ms French is asked by Cullen what she thought a “just punishment would be” she said she wanted the robbers “deported back to where they came from”.
The African gangs stereotype hit the media in January after a number of Sudanese people living in Melbourne were accused of crimes. The hysteria peaked when Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said people in Melbourne were “too scared to go to restaurants because of African gang violence”.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also weighed in on the hysteria in January, accusing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews of failing to deal with gang violence in Melbourne. But the Prime Minister’s comments were called out by an African community leader who accused him of using Sudanese “street gang” problems in Victoria to score political points.
Richard Deng, of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria, said the Prime Minister was jumping on the issue as a “tool to win elections”.
Women and senior citizens are regularly attacked in their homes which are ransacked, storekeepers are robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight, yet police and government are reluctant to even admit the existence of Sudanese Muslim gangs in Melbourne, not wanting to be called “racist,” “anti-immigrant,” and “Islamophobic.”
Last December alone, a string of headline-grabbing violent incidents took place in Melbourne. Among them were an attempted ambush on officers, a shopping centre cop bashing, an out-of-control house party riot which forced heavily-armed police to retreat and a mass brawl at St Kilda beach.
African Muslim gang’s violent home and store invasions have residents and business owners living in fear.
Brother and Sister Muslim gang members violently attack two female police officers.
Arab Muslim on Black violent attack on a train:
Several African Muslim gang members storm a barbershop and attack all the customers:
Three African Muslim thugs attack a woman in the street for no reason:
African Muslim teen wielding knife holds up a supermarket in the middle of the day:
African Muslim gang members with knives terrorize shopping center: