2010年1月10日日曜日

豪 白人優越主義再び

豪は白人優越主義がまた露呈した。
豪で印留学生が襲われる事件が相次ぎ、今年に入って殺人事件も発生した
ため、印政府は同国で学ぶ留学生に向けて注意を呼びかける声明を出した。

昨年夏の1カ月間だけで少なくとも10人が襲われ、うち1人は意識不明の
重体となった。事件に関連して十数人が逮捕されている。
Nitin Garg, 21歳
 メルボルンで、レストラン勤務後、駅を出て夜間公園を抜け歩いていたら
 刺殺された。
Baljinder Singh,
 二人の強盗に襲われ、財布を手渡した後、ネジ回しで刺された。

印留学生の被害増加から、在豪印人に影響が広がっているようだ。

欧米の犯罪多発地帯と同様に、身の回りの安全が必要と豪警察は言う。
・深夜は一人歩きしない。
・明るいところを歩く。
・人通りの多いところを歩く。
・行き先と予定時刻の連絡をとる。
・高級品は身に付けないこと。


豪警察は、事件は、人種差別ではなく、メルボルンが犯罪多発地域である
ことを認識するように発表したようだ。
印報道では、豪警察をKKKと呼ぶようになった。

政府要人が、時折、白人優越主義を主張する豪政府。不景気から、犯罪も
多発し、政府への不満を人種差別で解消させようとする傾向があるようだ。

豪首相 議会でアボリジニに公式謝罪

---留学生殺害でインド政府が注意喚起、豪政府は安全強調---
2010.01.07 Web posted at: 20:13 JST Updated - CNN
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/CNN201001070029.html

(CNN) オーストラリアでインド人留学生が襲われる事件が相次ぎ、今年に入って殺人事件も発生したため、インド政府は同国で学ぶ留学生に向けて注意を呼びかける声明を出した。

オーストラリア南東部ビクトリア州の州都メルボルンで2日夜、駅を出て公園を抜け歩いていた21歳のインド人男性が刺殺される事件が起きた。

インド外務省は事件後に出した声明で、オーストラリアで学ぶインド人留学生が襲われたり盗難に遭ったりする被害が増えており、留学生だけでなく同国に住むインド人全体に影響が広がりつつあると指摘。深夜の1人歩きは避ける、1人で歩く場合は人通りの多い明るい道を選ぶ、行き先と帰宅予定時刻を誰かに告げておく――などの注意を呼びかけた。

オーストラリアには9万人以上のインド人留学生がいるが、暴行事件の頻発は昨年から問題になっており、昨年夏の1カ月間だけで少なくとも10人が襲われ、うち1人は意識不明の重体となった。事件に関連して十数人が逮捕されている。

しかしオーストラリア政府は一連の事件について、動機は人種差別ではないと強調。ギラード副首相は6日、「オーストラリアは非常に安全な国であり、世界的水準に照らすと殺人事件の発生率は極めて低い」と述べ、メルボルンだけでなく、インドのムンバイや米ニューヨークなど、大都市では世界中どこでも暴力行為が起きるものだと弁明した。


---Victoria angered by 'terrible' KKK cartoon---
2010-01-08T13:20:00+11:00
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/08/2788273.htm?section=australia

The Victorian Government has added its voice to the condemnation of a cartoon in an Indian newspaper depicting a Victorian police officer as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Delhi Mail Today newspaper published the cartoon in response to the murder of Indian student Nitin Garg in Melbourne last weekend.

The cartoon shows a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood wearing a Victoria Police badge, with a caption that reads: "We Are Yet To Ascertain The Nature Of The Crime."

The Indian media has suggested the attack may have been racially motivated, but Melbourne police say there's no evidence of that.

The Police Minister, Bob Cameron, says it's a slur on the reputation of Victoria's police force.

"This is just terrible," Mr Cameron said.

"Victoria Police is a very tolerant organisation and Victoria is a very tolerant state and to suggest that Victoria Police is racist is just plain wrong and it's offensive to the good police we have here in Victoria.

"It just doesn't help anyone at all to have people from the sidelines throwing bricks," he said.

"We've got a good police force and we should let our police force go about their policing business in a sensible and a calm way."

The Opposition leader, Ted Baillieu, says the cartoon is unhelpful, but can understand the anger in the Indian community.

"Talking to the Indian community both in India and here, these are the issues on their minds," Mr Baillieu said.

"What's happening here is that they are talking amongst themselves and clearly they talk to their families.

"Word of mouth is a very powerful tool, and we have to turn that word of mouth around."

Police Association secretary Greg Davies says it is highly offensive to suggest police are not properly investigating the murder.

"To say that our detectives are going slow on this, or for some reason trying to protect somebody, is incredibly offensive and wrong," he said.

"It's based on nothing but obviously a slow news day in Delhi.

"The identity of the offender from the homicide in Footscray isn't even known at this stage, so we don't even know what nationality the offender is.

"To say it's a race-based crime is not only premature, but stupid."


---Weapons seized as hunt for killer continues---
PAUL MILLAR AND PAUL AUSTIN
January 8, 2010
http://www.theage.com.au/national/weapons-seized-as-hunt-for-killer-continues-20100107-lwsv.html?autostart=1

KNIVES, a knuckleduster and a machete were seized during a police blitz at Footscray railway station yesterday, when police used their new stop-and-search powers for the first time.

The crackdown on concealed weapons came hours after the State Government tried to persuade India's representatives in Australia that Victoria was still a safe place to live, following last weekend's fatal stabbing of Indian man Nitin Garg.

Detectives said they had leads on the stabbing murder of the accountancy graduate, who was killed on his way to work on Saturday night.

The death of the 21-year-old followed a series of bashings of Indian students in Melbourne, forcing police and state leaders to meet Indian officials to reassure them everything was being done to track down Mr Garg's killer.

As friends of the Punjab native made preparations for his body to be embalmed before being flown home, acting Premier Rob Hulls and Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe met Indian high commissioner Sujatha Singh and consul-general Anita Nayar at Treasury Place.

"I assured [the high commissioner] that police were doing everything within their power to find the perpetrator of this heinous crime," Mr Hulls said.

Deputy Commissioner Walshe said the high commissioner had "indicated a concern regarding Indian nationals in Australia" but had not sug- gested that she believed Mr Garg's murder was driven by racism.

Police have also continued to play down any racial factor in the murder.

Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards, of the homicide squad, said police were working on leads and had set up an information caravan at the scene in Yarraville.

"Irrespective of what is going on in the media here and overseas, it's a straight-out murder and that's how we are treating it," he said.

Police are keen to talk to a person who got into a taxi about 9.50pm opposite the Hungry Jack’s restaurant where Mr Garg worked, and also want the taxi driver to contact them.

A murder weapon has not been found, but police found plenty in their search-and-seize mission at the nearby Footscray railway station yesterday afternoon.

The area was chosen by police to test their controversial new powers as it has a history of knife crime.

There had been plenty of publicity about the area being targeted, and the operation was planned before Mr Garg’s death.
By law there must be notification in the media of an area selected a week before a blitz.

The new laws allow police to search in a designated area without a warrant.

Mr Walshe deflected criticism that publicising a targeted area for up to a week before the operation took the sting out of it.

"History tells me that regardless of what you publicise, people who have a tendency to carry weapons will still carry them and take their chances," he said.

"People who engage in this sort of activity will engage in it, regardless of any prior notification we give them.

He was not wrong. Police found seven people carrying 12 weapons, including knives, a machete and a knuckleduster, and another person was found in possession of drugs during the three-hour blitz.


---Another Indian student killed in Australia: Racism or hard times to blame?---
By Kathy Marks Correspondent / January 7, 2010
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2010/0107/Another-Indian-student-killed-in-Australia-Racism-or-hard-times-to-blame

Nitin Garg, an accounting graduate from India studying in Australia, was stabbed to death Saturday in the latest attack on Indians. Competition with Indian migrants for jobs in poor suburbs may be behind it.

Sydney, Australia

The killing of Nitin Garg last weekend has thrust concern about the safety of Indian students in Australia back into the spotlight - straining diplomatic ties and reenergizing debate about whether racism or just criminal behavior is at the root of the problem.

A spate of assaults on Indian students raised concerns in the middle of last year. But the murder of Mr. Garg, an accounting graduate who was stabbed in a suburban Melbourne park as he walked home at night after his shift at a fast-food restaurant, has caused outrage in India, which issued a travel advisory Tuesday urging its nationals in Australia to take special precautions.

Garg’s death also sparked a high-level war of words, with India’s External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, warning that the “heinous crime” would harm bilateral relations. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted that Australia was “an accepting, tolerant, multicultural nation” with one of the world’s lowest crime rates.

Harsh headlines

Headlines such as “Racist Aussie gang knifes Indian to death,” which appeared in India’s Mail Today newspaper this week, may help explain why the issue has received such prominence. But in Australia, there is little agreement about whether the attacks are racially motivated - or simply represent opportunistic street crime.

Police say 1,447 Indians were victims of reported crime in Victoria, where Melbourne is situated, in the year ending July 2008. The Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) believes the true figure is several times higher.

A string of incidents mid-last year triggered angry street protests in Sydney and Melbourne. The victims included Baljinder Singh, stabbed with a screwdriver as he handed over his wallet to two assailants.

Attacks have occurred in Sydney as well - some of them, as in Melbourne, accompanied by racial abuse. But while the Indian media have condemned Australian police for failing to protect students, the Victorian deputy police commissioner, Kieran Walshe, told reporters this week he did not believe Indians were being singled out.

Other senior police have suggested Indian students may be vulnerable because they travel home at night on public transport from part-time jobs, and carry valuables such as laptops.

About 100,000 Indian students in Australia


Around 100,000 Indians are studying in Australia, which is concerned about the impact on the nearly $15 billion international student industry.

Bob Birrell, a sociologist at Monash University in Melbourne, says the concentration of Indian students in poorer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne is a key factor in the attacks. “These are areas where there are already social tensions, where there is competition for jobs and low-cost housing, and which get a high incidence of petty crime,” he says.

Dr. Birrell denies that Australia is a racist society, pointing out that nearly one-quarter of the population was born overseas, mostly in non-English-speaking countries.

But Gautam Gupta, an FISA spokesman, believes that “while it’s not a uniquely Indian problem, Indians are the newest minority in Australia, so they are on the receiving end of racism.”


---カレーバッシング「失敗」…豪でインド人留学生が激減---
2009.12.30 21:20
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/asia/091230/asi0912302123001-n1.htm

 【シンガポール=宮野弘之】オーストラリア政府観光局は30日、同国で学ぶインド人留学生数が、2010年は今年よりも20%以上減少し、留学生関連事業の収入も09年より6900万ドル(約63億円)以上、減るとの予測を発表した。
 オーストラリアの白人の若者がインド人学生を狙う「カレーバッシング」と呼ばれる暴力事件が頻発したことが影響した。観光客数は10年には4・3%増が予想されるなかインド人学生の減少が目立つ。インド側が人種差別と反発した暴行事件はオーストラリアにとって高くついたようだ。
 政府観光局の観光予測評議会は、10年のインド人留学生数は今年より4000人減り09年比で21%減と予測。同年は対前年比35%増だったので大幅な減少だ。AP通信が伝えた。
 インド人学生に対する暴行は主にメルボルンやシドニーなどオーストラリアの都市部で発生、地元の若者数人がグループでインド人留学生を襲い、パソコンを奪ったり、ドライバーで刺したりした。警察によると、ほとんどが「愉快犯」といい、合言葉は「レッツゴー・カレー・バッシング」だった。
 とくに4月以降は毎月平均40件にも上り、これに抗議する大規模デモがインドで行われたため、シン首相がオーストラリアのラッド首相に電話で早急な対応を求めるなど外交問題にまで発展した。
 オーストラリアの留学生関連の教育産業は、石炭、鉄鉱石に次ぐ規模で、07~08年の売り上げは約100億ドル(約9200億円)に上る。

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