Australia: Muslim activists in Melbourne claim ‘massive’ spike in racist attacks

Activists put up posters at Batman Station in Coburg in a symbolic action against Islamophobia.

Activists put up posters at Batman Station in Coburg in a symbolic action against Islamophobia.

Muslim activists say they are seeing a “massive spike in racist attacks”, prompting a rally this morning to stand against Islamophobia.

About 30 people gathered at Batman train station in Coburg, speaking to commuters about a sickening racial attack on an Upfield train last Thursday.

A Muslim woman, 26, was racially abused by an offender who then slammed her head into the wall of the carriage as it approached Batman station.

Campaigner Yasemin Shamsili said the attack was a “consequence of a hysterical political campaign” which had vilified Muslims.

“(This) will no doubt give more confidence to racists to come out of the woodwork,” she said.

“We have already seen a massive spike in racist attacks.”

Another community activist, Vashti Kenway, said: “It is vital for Muslims and non-Muslims to fight for a genuinely multiracial Australia”…

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Not good — actual violence. I suppose she couldn’t have been injured or they would mentioned it. But still!

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