IRAQI’S IN AUSTRALIA PROTEST POLICE SURVEILLANCE

admin's picture

IRAQI’S IN AUSTRALIA PROTEST POLICE SURVEILLANCE

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Mar. 12) - A group of Iraqi immigrants based in the southern Australian state of Victoria has taken to the streets, protesting against reports that ethnic Iraqis are being monitored by police.

About 100 members of the local Iraqi community in the rural city of Shepparton marched down the city's main street, waving Australian flags and saying they have had enough.

The group is angry at reports they are being monitored by the Victoria Police Security Intelligence Group.

Alsajad Association spokesman Adnan Al Ghazal said media reports have been damaging, giving the impression the Iraqis are a potential threat.

The federal government member for Murray, Sharman Stone, has been asked by the group to reassure the wider community the local Iraqis are not troublemakers.

Stone was unavailable to meet the group but says they will have the same care and protection as all Australians.

March 13, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra 

Rate this article: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Add new comment