Eight Melbourne mayors are calling for an end to fear-mongering over “African gangs” following a series of incidents involving young members of the South Sudanese community.
Criminologist and Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes said some Melbourne residents feel unsafe for no other reason than they’re being told to feel unsafe.
“We need to put the so-called ‘African gangs’ fear-mongering to rest – it is harmful for members of the African communities and it is harmful for Australia,” Ms Wickes said in a statement on Monday.
Mayors from the Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea, Yarra, Knox, Monash and Melton councils will join with Australian-Sudanese community leader Maker Mayek in a show of support in Melbourne on Monday.
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