The Geelong race attack in which three schoolgirls were injured has sparked off considerable outrage. According to police, the attackers abused the girls and ripped off their headdresses.
The Victoria Police said the girls were aged 15, 12 and 11 and the attack took place at a suburb in Norlane around 6 pm in the evening. The lumpen gang had 10 youths, who vilified the girls and later tore down their veils.
The incident at Sparks Road began with the youths punching the girls before damaging their mobile phones when they tried to call the police. Police said the youths also threw stones at the girls before leaving the scene.
“Police have been told an unknown group started throwing rocks towards the trio before leaving the area.”
According to a report in the Herald Sun, the attackers included both boys and girls and were in the age group of seven to sixteen. It also said a woman not familiar to the victims was also involved in the attack.
The police have already confirmed the involvement of a 7-year old in the gang attack. Meanwhile, police urged people to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or visit, crimestoppersvic.com.au for reporting any racially related incidents of crime.
B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission chairman, Dr. Dvir Abramovich, condemned the attack and said there is no place for such intolerance in Australia.
Diversitat CEO Michael Martinez Diversitat slammed the “disgusting” behavior and said such incidents are becoming common.
“It’s not uncommon. I couldn’t give you a figure on how often it does happen but that’s where it happens, on public transport and when they’re out and about,” he said.
Martinez said the rise in racial abuse targeting local refugees could be a prelude to bigger things” as seen in the recent terror attacks in Europe. Martinez said the concern is that the violence is targeting a vast majority of people in the Geelong community, reports
He said the concern is that the violence is targeting a vast majority of people in the Geelong community, reports Geelong Advertiser. Martinez urged the wider community to speak up and take steps against the recurrence of such brutal acts in the future.