Australian police say race violence could undermine new anti-terror law

[JURIST] Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty [official profile] said Monday that outbreaks of racial violence that began in Sydney Sunday could undermine the country's strict new anti-terror law [JURIST report] by making it more difficult for police to build bridges with Muslim youth who might already feel targeted by the legislation. On Monday, eleven more people were arrested and seven injured in continuing violence following rioting on Sunday that involved 5,000 people. Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] has denied [JURIST report] that his government's new laws have motivated the riots in any way. The Australian has more.

 

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