Joint Press release from Indian Australian & Pakistani Australian Communities
Dated 16th February, 2015
Subject: Brawl and riotous behaviour by some Indian & Pakistani cricket fans in Merrylands RSL on the night of 15th February, 2015
The incident last night was unacceptable and there cannot be any excuse for this hooliganism, senseless brawl & riotous behavior. We condemn it in no uncertain words.
There are no problems between Indian Australian & Pakistani Australian communities in Sydney or anywhere in Australia. We have numerous common and close friends from each other’s community and get on very well with each other as communities.
Both communities believe in multiculturalism and peaceful co-existence. Merrylands RSL incident last night was an isolated example and an “one off”, for which excessive emotions, probably mixed with Alcohol, has to be blamed.
We, as the communities, are on the side of authorities to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Tendencies like what happened last night do need to be tackled with full force of law.
Dr Yadu Singh Mr Iftikhar Rana
Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc Pakistan Australia Council
0413 375 669 0414 670 002
Link of my ABC The World Today interview: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4180710.htm