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19 janvier 2005 à 17 h 15 min #74317
Ku Klux Klan ‘threaten shanty town’
By Robert Mancuso
1January 2005 – Police are investigating an alleged lynching-style raid on an Aboriginal shanty town near Townsville by white men claiming to be members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Up to 30 men in seven cars reportedly drove into the community for homeless Aborigines on the city’s outskirts early on Tuesday morning, threatening to string up the residents.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service principal solicitor Kevin Rose said yesterday he had been told the raiders, some described as looking like skinheads, threatened to move into the camp and « bash the lot of you »;.
They also ordered the residents to move back to nearby Palm Island, the scene last month of violent rioting following the death in custody of local man Cameron Doomadgee.
On learning of the death, a mob of islanders set fire to Palm Island’s police station.
Mr Rose said none of the men involved in Tuesday’s alleged raid wore the traditional KKK-styled hoods or robes and it was not known whether they were armed.
« They were saying ‘We’re the Ku Klux Klan » he said yesterday. « [residents] have concerns that these things might develop into something more serious ».
Mr Rose, counsel for the accused Palm Island rioters, said he would be contacting the Anti-Discrimination Commission and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission next week.
Earlier this month, graffiti appeared on walls around Townsville, demanding Palm Islanders « go home » and denigrating Aborigines.
Swastikas and references to Adolf Hitler were also painted on a nearby warehouse.
Acting Senior Sergeant Jim Scanlon said a « cross-cultural liaison officer was following community complaints ».
But he said it was difficult to act on them because the incident was not reported promptly.
« It probably did happen – but six or seven cars I find that hard to believe, » he said.
Sen-Sgt Scanlon said it was the second reported incident of its type at the shanty town last year, but no-one had ever been attacked.
Transient indigenous groups camping in the area have frequently complained about such attacks.
Source: Brisbane Courier Mail24 janvier 2005 à 20 h 53 min #348428
👿 Alors là ! Y en a qui sont vraiment grave !
Je n’arrive pas à comprendre que l’on puisse être aussi mauvais !
Est-ce que le Ku Klux Klan est très présent en Australie ?27 janvier 2005 à 13 h 38 min #348429
Tu métonnes… J’ai failli en avaler ma souris…
Je crois que ce ne sont que des résidus. Il a toujours été un peu présent en Australie. Ceci dit, c’est très minoritaire. Les conséquences de leurs actes n’en sont pas moins néfastes.
Voici un 2nd article daté de 2001. Peut-être que nous pourrions faire des recherches là-dessus, qu’enpenses-tu? On pourrait s’y mettre à plusieurs et grapiller tout ce qu’on trouve sur le sujet.
A town like Malice
May 23, 2001- This is the story of a rural community where blacks live in fear of white men in robes. But this story takes place a world away from Tennessee. Welcome to Casino, the Kkk capital of Australia. By Kathy Marks
Night had fallen by the time Alex Green returned from the park, but as he wheeled his bicycle towards the block of flats in Laburnum Avenue, the street lights illuminated a curious sight. A figure in a white hooded cloak was standing in the next-door yard, waving a baton in a menacing fashion.
Mr Green, a 26-year-old Aboriginal student, recognised the man as Colin Houston, his white neighbour on a housing estate in Casino a country town in northern New South Wales. Mr Houston told him: « I’m Ku-Klux-Klan, and I’m going to clean up this street and I’m going to take care of all the black niggers. »
Mr Green remonstrated with him, urging him to go inside and get changed. Mr Houston refused, warning: « You lay a finger on me, and I’ll have more people like me here tomorrow night. » There was a scuffle; Mr Houston’s robe was ripped and police were called.
It transpired that Mr Houston, a delivery driver, had been parading up and down the street for two hours, watched by frightened Aboriginal families who had barricaded themselves into their homes. He was convicted of offensive behaviour and possession of a weapon and fined £300 when he appeared in court earlier this month.
Mr Houston, 51, told police that he belonged to the Ku-Klux-Klan; according to local rumour, he kept a black doll in his house with a noose around its neck. He has since moved to Queensland, but the estate’s black residents remain profoundly troubled. « I never thought I would ever come across anything like this, » says Delo Duncan, who lives in the same block as Mr Green. « My eyes have been opened. »
Aborigines used to regard the Ku-Klux-Klan, the American white supremacist group, as a joke. There were enough racist nutters to worry about closer to home, and the Kkk were just bogeymen from Hollywood movies. But the Klan claims to have recruited thousands of members here in recent years, and Casino which is also the site of Australia’s largest abattoir is reputed to be the location of a thriving « klavern », or cell.
Several black families have received threatening letters, racist graffiti has appeared and three teenagers say they stumbled across a band of men in white robes standing around a fire in a Casino park, holding hands. In one disturbing episode, 13 charred wooden crosses were driven into the ground in front of an Aboriginal community at Coraki, 12 miles east of town.
Similar incidents linked to the Klan have been reported in Queensland, known as Australia’s Deep North because of its redneck attitudes. In Mossman, near the resorts of the Great Barrier Reef, three black locals claim to have been beaten up by men in white hoods. In Ingham, a young Aborigine told police that a car-load of white men tried to run him over in a park. A study by two Queensland universities found a « worrying pattern of racialised vigilantism ».
Racism is never far from the surface in Australia’s rural hinterland, and far-right extremists including white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, gun fanatics and self-styled militias have always attracted a measure of support.
There have been isolated reports of Klan activity since the late 1970s, but it is only in the last two years that the organisation is believed to have gained a significant foothold in country towns and rural regions, aided by the internet a major recruiting tool and by the rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party.
While most Australians abhor Ms Hanson’s policies, One Nation which denounces Asian immigration and Aboriginal welfare schemes is credited with making racism respectable and creating a climate in which far-right fringe groups can prosper.
The party, which is experiencing a resurgence following success in state elections in Western Australia and Queensland, has been forced to expel at least three members because of their associations with the KKK. One was Peter Coleman, Australian organiser of the Imperial Klans of America, who claims to have used One Nation branch meetings to recruit most of his followers.
Mr Coleman’s outfit is closely affiliated with the Kentucky-based American group, one of numerous Kkk factions in the US. Another leading light of the far right, David Palmer, runs a home-grown version called the Australian Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan, which claims to have klaverns in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
Mr Coleman owns a mail-order business selling military regalia and is said to burn crosses in the backyard of his suburban bungalow in western Sydney. A former leader of the Australian Nationalist Movement, which was responsible for firebombing Asian restaurants in Perth, he has refused to give interviews since briefly going public in 1999.
Mr Palmer, a chubby-featured former electrician, has no such qualms. An affable, white-haired 61-year-old who sports a black beret and a tiny swastika on the lapel of his military-style black jacket, he is thoroughly delighted by the opportunity to expound his views on the perils facing the Aryan race as a result of cross-breeding.
A lifelong admirer of Adolf Hitler, Mr Palmer has many hats. « I’m Führer of the Australian National Socialist Defence of Aryan People Movement, » he says. « I’m Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Australian Empire of the Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan. I’m also a qualified chef de cuisine. » Phew.
In addition, he is vice-president of the Australian branch of the London-based British Israel World Federation, a virulently anti-Semitic group in whose bookshop we meet in central Sydney. There is a photograph of the Queen on the wall and an Australian flag hanging from the ceiling. The BIWF shares members and ideals with like-minded organisations such as the Klan and Christian Identity. Identity, which has been linked with racial violence in the US, has set up branches in Australia, including one near Casino.
Mr Palmer calls himself « a racist first, but a humanist second », and he advocates that a piece of land be set aside for Aborigines: a sort of desert ghetto. His sidekick, George Gori, is less magnanimous. Mr Gori, « Exalted Cyclops » of a klavern in western Sydney, describes Mr Palmer as a « candyfloss führer » and says he wants a « definitive solution » to the Jewish Question.
There is an awkward silence when I mention that I am Jewish. « Well, that just proves that Jews control the mass media, » declares Mr Gori, a strident 29-year-old with an anorak and greasy hair. Mr Palmer shuffles his feet and looks embarrassed. « I mean, you can’t blame the Jews for everything, » he says. « But all we hear about all the time is the Ollycost, the Ollycost. Every night there’s another Ollycost film on TV. »
It is tempting to dismiss the duo as buffoons and their supporters as crackpots. Certainly, the Kkk and other extremist groups operate on the outer periphery of Australian society, with no more than a few thousand members between them. (Mr Palmer declines to discuss figures; « Look, it’s an invisible empire, » he insists.) But on the other hand, they are capable of making life decidedly unpleasant in the areas where they are active.
InDubbo in New South Wales, a Jewish family engaged in human rights campaigns received a death threat earlier this year; a few days later, their house was broken into and Kkk sprayed over the walls and furniture.
In Casino, which has a sizeable black population and a history of political conservatism, Aboriginal elders recently met senior police officers to express concern about a rise in racist attacks. Last month, a racial insult hurled at some Aborigines triggered a street battle involving 100 people; soon afterwards, a magistrate warned that race riots were brewing on Chequerboard Hill.
Casino, which proudly markets itself as « one of the friendliest towns in the state », does not appear to be living up to its reputation.
A Casino post-office box is one of six Australian contact addresses given by the Imperial Klans of America. In Queen Elizabeth Park, a large Kkk symbol a circle surrounding a cross has been carved into the grass. On a sunny afternoon it is an eerie sight. It was at this spot, near a fig tree, that local teenagers say they witnessed a Klan ceremony last month. (When police arrived, the place was deserted, but a rubbish bin in which the fire was reportedly lit was still hot.)
One of the boys, 15-year-old Josh Southern, dived into long grass by the nearby Richmond River to hide. « I was petrified, » he says. His friend, Kade Minns, also 15, says: « It spun me out. I thought they were going to go on a rampage through the town. »
Racial tensions are high on Chequerboard Hill, a dismal cluster of single-storey brick-and-fibro houses on a parched hillside. The local bus operator has threatened to withdraw services, because its vehicles are frequently stoned by children. The milkman travels with a big iron bar.
White residents are unashamedly racist about their black neighbours. « If I had half a chance, I’d get a gun and shoot them all, » says a middle-aged man in Acacia Avenue. « They’re lazy, they don’t give a damn and they think we owe them everything. » But most people shudder at the idea of the KKK. « We don’t want those clowns around here, stirring things up, » says one woman, picking broken glass off her front lawn after another lively night on the estate.
Several Aboriginal families have been sent letters informing them that « the Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan are watching you, and we don’t like what we see ». The notepaper had a Kkk letterhead with a Kentucky address. One young family were so shaken that they have gone to stay with relatives.
Inspector Dave Driver of Casino police says of the KKK: « It’s hard to gauge the level of the problem. Are they just playing around, or are they fair dinkum? Do we take them seriously or not? That’s a very difficult question. »
Graham Randall, an Aboriginal elder, says dismissively: « It’s just a handful of idiots acting out their fantasies. They should get out of their funny clothes and get back to reality. »
In Laburnum Avenue, residents are still horrified by recent events. Alex Green says he no longer walks around by himself at night. Delo Duncan’s 17-year-old daughter, Michelle, is a nervous wreck, scared even to go to school.
Mrs Duncan is at her wits’ end. « What will it be like for our children, being Aboriginal around here? » she asks. « We tell our kids to be proud of who they are and walk with their heads held high. How can they do that with all these terrible things going on? »
Clip from Guardian Unlimited31 janvier 2005 à 11 h 42 min #348430
Ok le sujet m’interesse effectivement ! je regarde de mon côté !
😮 BG 😮1 février 2005 à 22 h 03 min #348431
Ca va balancer;-) Non, de vraies recherches! On mène une enquête de cyber-terrain.
Bonne soirée à toi, et à très bientôt, alors.
Caro7 février 2005 à 22 h 16 min #348432
Je cherche mais apparament l’info n’est pas facile à trouver ! 😕7 février 2005 à 22 h 20 min #348433
Ca va bien?
Ne t’inquiète, pas on a tout le temps… Ca n’est pas le genre d’info très publique, j’imagine.
Peut-être devrait-on souligner ce qui est fait de bien, pour changer, ce serait plus constructif, je ne sais pas.
Bon, allez, j’vas me coucher!!!
Bonne nuit, BG, et à beintôt,
Caro11 février 2005 à 21 h 22 min #348434
Ok pour le côté plus constructif ! ça risque d’être à coup sûr plus interessant ! 😀
😮 BG 😮22 février 2005 à 21 h 52 min #348435
Et merci pour tes interventions de plus en plus fréquentes!
Ca roule pour les informations constructives : DEAL!
A bientôt pour du baume au coeur et bonnne soirée,
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