In late September, it was reported that there was a violent incident in northern Adelaide, when a group of (white) men invaded the home of an Aboriginal family. Apparently, a woman and her children were threatened with murder and their father was badly assaulted. Those responsible shouted racist slogans and referred to themselves as a ‘white power crew’, and supposedly boasted of the assault after they had left.
The story aired on ‘National Indigenous Television’, Sky TV, and local Adelaide media. I am unaware if anyone has been arrested for the assault.
Elsewhere, a comrade reports that a local school sent an email to parents and teachers informing them that neo-Nazis have been invading houses belonging to Aboriginal families in the northern suburbs, and assaulting the residents. Some families have allegedly been told to leave the area, or face the consequences. The attacks have extended over several weeks.
Earlier, in Alice Springs…
Memorial cross burnt in Alice Springs
September 28, 2009
Community leaders have been urged to promote harmony in Alice Springs after a cross constructed in memory of a young indigenous man was burnt.
Donny Ryder, also known by his traditional name Kwementyaye Ryder, was bashed to death in July.
The 33-year-old trainee ranger’s body was discovered near Schwartz Crescent, near the Todd River, with a wound to the back of the head.
Five white men, aged 19 to 24, have each been charged with eight counts of reckless endangerment and one count of murder.
Central Land Council chairman Lindsay Bookie, who is related to the Ryder family, said he was shocked that vandals had at the weekend burnt the cross erected at the site of Mr Ryder’s murder.
While some believe the attack on the cross was not racially motivated others claim the act has shaken the central Australian community.
Mr Bookie said it was disturbing people in the town could show such disrespect to the grieving Ryder family, who had promoted calm since the death.
“It’s not right what they did,” Mr Bookie said in a statement released on Monday.
“They should go back and put a new one there with flowers.”
Mr Bookie called on community leaders to actively promote harmony in Alice Springs.
“Too many people have stayed quiet at this time,” he said.
“Aldermen, politicians, community organisations – they all need to come out strong and say this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We’ve all got to get along, show respect to one another.”
The five youths charged with Mr Ryder’s murder have been remanded in custody and will reappear before the court in December.
See also : The Tale of Denis Donohue… and Donny Ryder (September 11, 2009) | MAC statement on neo-Nazi attack on MARC.