Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told 3AW Radio last week that “There is real concern about Sudanese gangs” in Melbourne. This echoed comments made earlier in the year by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton that “Victorians are “scared to go out to restaurants” because of “African gang violence”.
The left view any observation, even if they are backed by statistics that people of African descent are overrepresented in violent crime as racist motivated by the far-right of Australian politics wanting to bring back the white Australia policy.
The pair were accused by Greens Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt “using fear and using race to try to win votes” declaring “You’re not welcome in Melbourne, in a tolerant, multicultural city”.
Project Host Melbourne resident Waleed Aly delivered a monologue Thursday night where he claimed “the only place I’ve heard concerns about Sudanese gangs is on talk-back radio”.
Alleged comedian Catherine Deveny said she only feared being a victim of crime from white c**nts.
I live in Melbourne. Actually I am the queen of fucking Melbourne. We have no problems with African gangs. You know what we have a problem with? White cunts.
— Catherine Deveny (@CatherineDeveny) July 22, 2018
Yassmin Abdel-Maiged joked that while in Melbourne she must be part of the African gang everyone was talking about.
— Yassmin Abdel-Magied (@yassmin_a) July 22, 2018
But the tragic death of 19-year-old Keynan born student Laa Chol during a brawl between warring African groups at yet another Airbnb rental, this time at the EQ Tower in Melbourne put the issue of African crime and links with gang activity back into the spotlight. For all of the left’s mockery over this issue during the past week, it has blown up in their face.
Police arrested a 17-year-old male on Monday who has been interviewed over the attack. The response of the Andrews Government and senior police is to play down the fact that this death occurred because of African gang violence. Daniel Andrews’ accused Peter Dutton of politicising Chol’s death “In relation to the very tragic death of Laa Chol, I don’t think her family will be getting much comfort from this sort of discussion”.
Andrew Bolt last night on Sky News discussed how even reporting objectively on African crime lands you with the racist label. He told how his News Corp colleague Brianna Travers had conducted a touching interview with Laa Chol’s mother and cousin where she was described as “happy and lovely” daughter, and wanting her “cowardly’ daughter.
The interview demonstrated how Africans themselves can be victims of African crime. In response to the publication of this interview, it was alleged Travers did not identify herself as a journalist to Ms Chol’s family, that they were either tricked into the interview or it was simply made up. Travers has strongly denied any of this or that she behaved in an unethical way.
Despite comments from the Premier and people such as Victoria Police Commander Stuart Bateson believing “To suggest Melbourne is gripped with fear, I just don’t see that” new crimes statistics have come to light which shows that Sudanese born Australians are much more likely to be involved in violent crime.
The Australian put together a summary table from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency where they were able to conclude Sudanese born Australians 57 times more likely to be charged with aggravated robbery than their Australian counterparts and 33 times more likely to be charged with riot and affray. Sudanese/South Sudanese born despite making up only 0.15% of Victoria’s population are the 2nd highest nationally group to commit aggravated burglary and robberies in the state.
Despite the accusations of race-baiting the federal government’s position is that African crime in Melbourne is a law and order issue with the blame squarely at the Andrews Labor state government. Peter Dutton called Ms Chol’s death “proof of a major law-and-order problem”.
Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge made the point that “The interesting thing, though, is that there isn’t the Sudanese problem in NSW, nor in Queensland, despite the fact that there is a similar-sized Sudanese population in Sydney, so to me that says it’s actually a law-and-order problem right here in Victoria”.
Victorian Federal Liberal backbencher for Latrobe Jason Wood denied the Turnbull Government was raising the issue of African crime to assist its state counterpart in the leadup to the Victorian state election in November. The state Liberal Opposition was criticised for releasing a flyer about gang crime hinting at their African nature, the photo used was later found to have been taken in England.
While the crime statistics in relation to Sudanese violent crime in Victoria continues to build up and with more high profile incidents likely to occur African crime will continue to be issue in Melbourne until a serious law and order solution is proposed.