Melbourne mayors speak out against ‘racist African gangs headlines’
Melbourne mayors have come out in solidarity with their South Sudanese residents after months of the inflamed African gangs debate.
Darebin, Hume, Whittlesea, Moreland, Yarra, Knox, Monash and Melton mayors described the commentary as racist and inflammatory and will speak out in support of the community on Monday.
“Members of the South Sudanese community have told me that they feel vilified and unwelcome,” Moreland Mayor John Kavanagh said.
“We stand together to say that we value the contribution of our Sudanese residents, deeply appreciate the diversity of culture and experience they bring to our cities, and to reinforce our desire to work with them to address the same challenges that all communities across Victoria are faced with.”
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