Friday, August 01, 2008

Spotlight On Australia: Violent "Ethnic" Youth Gangs Terrorizing Brisbane And Southeastern Queensland; Police Minister Judy Spence In Denial

The pernicious influence of American pop and gangsta culture is taking root in Australia, as drive-by beatings and random 'swarming' attacks by teens armed with knives and poles are leaving a bloody trail across southeast Queensland. And the state's police minister is in denial, claiming they are not "highly-organised". Story published August 2nd, 2008 in the Courier-Mail.

Here are some examples. First, a meat cleaver attack by a gang of youths at a Brisbane boys' college. Seven teens, linked to a gang called the Jay Jays, were arrested after a student at St Laurence's College at South Brisbane was hit in the face with the cleaver and another stabbed.

On the Gold Coast, a child gang operating "like a pack of animals" attacked a young couple in a Coolangatta park. One gang member used a fence to give himself extra leverage to stomp on one of his hapless victims. The gang, whose members are as young as 11, celebrated with high-fives and disappeared into the night, leaving the couple bruised and bloodied.

Residents living next to the South Bank Parklands have witnessed late-night gang clashes involving more than 50 "ethnic" teens. [Ed. Note: C'mon, have the bollocks to name them. Abos? Lebs? Pacific Islanders? What's their bloody race?]

And youth gang attacks are escalating all over southeast Queensland - a 32-year-old Goodna man had his nose broken after being jumped by a group of teens, and another man was assaulted in a drive-by attack.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said he was worried about a "slippage" in youth violence affecting the quality of life for Queenslanders. Inspector Greg Carey, crime manager for the Tweed-NSW police command, said youth gangs were flourishing.

But experts say Queensland has a history of denial about youth gang violence, and isn't moving fast enough to address its root causes. While the state has a $2 million task force dedicated to adult motorcycle gangs, there is no such unit targeting youth gangs, and data on youth violence isn't collected by police or the Education Department.

Police Minister Judy Spence claims the Queensland Government has been proactive and has taken "strong action" against youth violence since creating a taskforce on the topic in 2006. The actions included a crackdown on the sale of alcohol to minors, launch of a One Punch Can Kill campaign, increased penalties for the misuse of knives and other weapons to cause fear in public. But Ms. Spence denied there was evidence of highly organised violent "youth gangs" in Queensland (Spence hangs out on MySpace). Ironically, in July, some civil libertarians were calling for Spence to be sacked over an incident in 2006 when a homeless white man, Bruce Rowe, was allegedly abused by police in Brisbane.

Community officials and police strongly differ with Spence. They confirm youth gangs, some sporting red and blue bandannas, and claiming allegiance to US-based Crips and Bloods gangs, exist in some Brisbane suburbs. Many other gangs are nameless, but still come together to sell and use drugs, steal, and attack people at random. Often "swarming" attacks are organised by mobile phone communications, and hit and run strikes are documented on video files and uploaded to the internet where gangs use them for recruiting.

Goodna security worker Joe Graff has a daily battle with young troublemakers at his shopping centre, where he tries to protect shoppers and storeowners from teens stealing and running amok. He states they're doing it to impress peers and girls. Such problems are on the rise in the U.S. as well; recently, an estimated 300 teens, most of them black, chimped out at a mall in Raleigh, NC.

QUT educator and psychologist Marilyn Campbell said punishing aggressive youths often worsens their behaviour. She has called more intervention in primary and high schools for anti-social behaviour. Government statistics show there were more than 15,000 "physical misconduct" incidents leading to suspensions and expulsions from Queensland public schools. Ms Campbell said such discipline can work for some aggressive children, but for others, it makes a bad problem worse.

But there are differences between U.S. gang behavior and Australian behavior. Former director of the Australian Institute of Criminology Adam Graycar said he had discovered a difference between American and Australian youth crime since taking up a role at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "Here (in the US) gang behaviour is serious business - a full apprenticeship program, learning all aspects of the crime business," he said. "In Australia, it is more kids hanging out, and engaging in anti-social behaviour with a bit of illegal behaviour thrown in - drug taking, robbery and car theft."

Commentary: Obviously, they cannot begin to solve the problem effectively until they admit that the "ethnic" youth are disproportionately involved in this type of behavior. It is necessary to actually name who they are. Why is the bloody establishment so afraid to say "Abo", "Leb", or "Pacific Islander"?

One bright spot - while I was researching this story, I discovered an excellent pro-white news site from Australia, DownUnderNewsLinks. Here's the url:

http://www.downundernewslinks.com/

And they'll go on my sidebar straightaway.

1 comment:

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