Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was convicted for his comments on South Sudanese Australians and crime in a new video distributed by the Anglican Church in Melbourne.
The Please Stop, three-minute video released on Friday, contains eight members of the South Sudanese community in Victoria and details of the consequences – including suicides and discrimination – of recent political commentary on African gangs.
"Now, while I walk with my friends, people think I'm in a gang," says a teenage girl.
"We are not criminals."
A woman says that several young girls have killed themselves because of the commentary that flickered in January and was a constant hot-button issue.
Another woman says she is offended in the street and called
"We are afraid to go out because our prime minister has condemned us," says a man. "
" We came from a country where our leaders acted in fear, we did not expect it here. " The video ends with the participants pleading" Malcolm Turnbull, please take your words back. "
Anglican bishop Philip Huggins has loudly condemned the political debate about crime in Victoria and last month said he was aware of four recent attacks on South Sudanese youth by "non-Africans" who led to a death, a suicide and life-threatening injuries.
Mr. Turnbull added in July to the fiery debate, saying "you must be honest, there are Sudanese gangs in Melbourne. "19659003]" It is a fact that there is a gang problem here and you're not going to let it disappear by pretending it does not exist, "he said.
Mr. Turnbull's office has been approached for
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Originally published as Ad lashes PM on Sudanese crime comments