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Calls for more inclusion in the wake of Bourke St attack

Protesta en Bourke St. Melbourne

Just a day after the Bourke Street attack in Melbourne, anti-racism groups gathered in front of State Library in the city to call for inclusion and stop any discrimination against Muslims in Australia.

Victoria Police say they weren't aware of any mental health issues with the man at the centre of a terrorist attack in Melbourne last week.

The perpetrator, a Muslim man named Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, stabbed well-known restaurateur Sisto Malaspina and injured two other men.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Islamic communities should provide authorities with more information about those in danger of becoming radicalised.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp disputes the federal and state governments' views that radical islam is Melbourne's greatest threat.

Since Friday's terror attack in Bourke Street, both Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have said radical islam is the country's greatest security risk.

Ms Capp says in local community terms domestic violence is the biggest issue Victorians face.

In terms of terrorism, Ms Capp says programs run through Town Hall that help migrants settle into the community can help mitigate the risk of people being radicalised.

The Refugee Action Collective has called on political leaders - both federal and state - not to use the Bourke Street incident to drum up racism and fear.

The Somali Community of Victoria has condemned the attack committed by a member of the community.

In a statement to SBS News, the community's spokesman Ahmed Hassan said the community is praying for the victims, their families and those injured during the attack.

Mr Hassan says Somali Australians are peaceful people and is hopeful Australians can come together to ensure terrorism is eradicated.


Journalist and community activist Jamal Hummad says in this interview that while efforts to ensure the mosques and other places of worship are places for peace and harmony are important, there should not be any attempts to use events like this one to discriminate against one group of the community. 

 

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