Muslim freeloaders are furious at the Victoria Health Department for failing to deliver adequate supplies, providing out-of-date food and sending non-halal food to Muslim families.
The Guardian (h/t John H) Residents in nine housing towers now in hard lockdown in Melbourne say they have been forced to establish their own support network rather than rely on the government for essential supplies or information.
“Last night by 2am some houses still didn’t have food delivered,” said Ahmed Dini, a resident of the North Melbourne towers and a social worker.
“I think there is a lot of anger towards the DHHS [Department of Health and Human Services]. At the moment there is more anger towards DHHS than the police because they promised they were going to have food delivered, that they were going to have essentials delivered.”
When food was delivered, many were missing staples like bread or milk, with large families asked to share small boxes. Seven News published a video of one tower resident sorting through the expired food he was given, stating that one item had a use-by date from 2019.
At a press conference on Monday premier Daniel Andrews stated that every household received a delivery of food and milk to their door. But Dini said a number of residents were no longer accepting food from the department.
“No one is touching the food that the DHHS has given. It’s just lined up in the corridor because no one wants to take it inside,” said Dini.
“You will find boxes of food that have been left right in front of the lift because it is pork. But the vast majority of people living in the towers are Muslim, they can’t eat it.”
“People are angry and they have every right to be angry. I think a lot of that anger is based on the decision that was made to have the lockdown effective immediately,” said Dini.
“The police went into the community within 15 minutes. Woman and children who were downstairs, once they saw [the police] they just ran into the building. They didn’t know what was happening. There were people locking their doors and say ‘don’t ever call the police’. There was so much misinformation. There was so much fear.”
Dini said for many residents, police swarming their building was a familiar and terrifying experience.
“Even if we did have to go into hard lockdown, the government should have sent social workers first, they should have sent medical workers first. But it was the police that came first and from there they were like ‘no one else in the building, we will tell you what happens from here’,” he said.