Racist attack in West Footscray

September 6, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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Houses, cars and shops were daubed with racist slogans in the Melbourne suburb of West Footscray early yesterday morning.

Slogans found by police in Roberts Rd, Hatfield Court and Waratah St read “F### Jews”, “India is gay” and “F### Blacks” amongst others.

Victoria Police told J-Wire that the incident took place on Saturday morning between midnight and 9 a.m.

Local resident, Arch Galloway spoke to J-Wire. He said: “This had to be the work of a group of racists who know who is who inthis area. Those of us who are Caucasian escaped the attacks. The people whose property was daubed with antisemitic material are not Jewish…but they look as if they might me. Indian property was daubed with anti-Indian slogans, the Gays copped slogans attacking them and so on….”

Most of the attacks were centred on the local Indian community.

Galloway added: “We are a mixed bunch in West Footscray but we live harmoniously together and I have never seen anything like this before.”

John Searle, President of the Jewish community Council of Victoria told J-Wire: “We deplore any form of racism no matter who the victim is and want to work together with the authorities to stamp it out.”

Victorian police told J-Wire that investigations were underway.

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