Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Australian police fear the emergence of militant street gangs of young African refugees

Richard Kerbaj:

A growing gangster mentality among young African men is worrying community leaders, who blame boredom, unemployment and drugs for turning young immigrants living in Melbourne's inner north towards violence and crime.

Police sources have told The Australian that while gang-related activity had not reached epidemic proportions, "it is a serious concern".

Young African leader Ahmed Dini said some Somali, Sudanese and Eritrean men, predominantly aged between 16 and 25, felt disconnected from mainstream society and were either forming or joining ethnic groups for protection and also for a sense of belonging.

He said they mainly lived in housing commission estates in the city's inner north - Flemington, Ascotvale and north Melbourne - and some had trained with heavy-duty military weapons while they were serving in militias overseas.

"Some of them have used rocket launchers and grenades," said Mr Dini, who is chairman of the community-based youth network Saygo.

He said the migrants were haunted by childhood images of killings, torture and rape, and were constantly on edge.

"Violence is not something new for these young people," he said. "And sometimes memories trigger them to do stupid things.

"Sometimes they do some bad things ... like probably pick on other people, other groups, pick fights (with other ethnic groups).

"They pick fights with Turkish, Lebanese, even with the African communities.

"You have the Somalians from Flemington usually pick on Somalians from Carlton, so it's like a territorial kind of thing."

Mr Dini said some of the young men wielded baseball bats during the brawls.

"They do have bats and stuff like that, and when they do hear there's a fight they turn up with their bats."

He said while he was not aware of any structured African community gangs in the city's inner north, he was aware young Sudanese men from the western suburbs were becoming more established and organised in their gang activities.

But a police source told The Australian the street gangs were not usually structured or organised. "There isn't necessarily a leader and so on."

The source said the hierarchy and leadership often comes into play when the gang is faced with some kind of adversity such as a territorial brawl.

Mr Dini, who set up Saygo with 12 other young African leaders in September to tackle unemployment, education and criminal issues being faced by his community, said the state and local governments were largely responsible for the street gangs.

This was because they had for years ignored the problems of unemployment and the lack of facilities, failing to devote enough resources and initiatives towards alternative activities.

"There's no service-providers that help out the young people in the area," he said.

"And the population of the youth is growing. And the more boys you have doing nothing, just hanging out, the more likely you're going to have problems that are going to arise."

Mr Dini warned that gang and crime-related problems within the African communities would eventually lead to "race riots" similar to those in France if governments continued to ignore the problem.

"It could lead to deaths," he said.

Refugees 'turning to crime for kicks'


At 8:37 PM, Blogger al fin said...

High testosterone combined with low IQ is a volatile combination.

These Australian Police spokesmen sound fairly naive and politically correct (hamstrung and ineffectual). Given that the average IQ of Somalis is 70 or below, it is unlikely that classes in computer programming or other recreational outreaches will attract these young gents.

Drugs, violence, street cred, territoriality. Violent gangs, in other words. Throw in the muslim component and anything within reach is apt to burn.

Politeness and gentility do not signify here.

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'Violence is not something new for these young people,' he said. 'And sometimes memories trigger them to do stupid things.'"

Jesus! "Young people"?!?!? "Stupid things"?!?!?!

You would think he was talking about spray can grafitti by 13 year-old white suburban kids.

Listen! He is talking about rocket lanunchers, hand grenades and AK-47s. He is talking about human killing machines from Africa where they used to cut off body parts and gang rape just for fun. He is talking sick, sick savage barbarians who are now threatening to unleash the same hellish behavior on the civilized white folks of Australia unless they get what they want: sex, money, drugs and a fawning, groveling, terrified respect by the general public.

Your own police have gone over to the dark side. They are already too terrified to call it what it really is. They have become gutless politically correct worm boys.


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