“Far-right anti-Muslim groups have seized on the arson attack to call for a ban on refugees entering the country.”
Maybe they’re not “far-right” or “anti-Muslim” at all. Maybe they just don’t like things like, you know, jihad massacres and arson attacks in banks.
Their concerns, however, are misplaced — as always! “Victoria’s state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday there was no political motivation involved in the attack on the bank,” and demanded that the attack not be used as “a political weapon by anybody who finds fault with any of the policy settings we have at the moment.”
How he knows there was no political motivation behind the attack, he didn’t say. But Reuters does tell us that the attacker “was suffering mental and financial problems.”
Mental problems! Of course! And what better way to deal with one’s financial problems than to set fire to a bank?
“Suspect in Australian bank fire identified as asylum seeker,” by Harry Pearl, Reuters, November 20, 2016:
A man suspected of starting a fire in an Australian bank on Friday that injured 27 people has been identified as an asylum seeker, angering far-right groups and adding to an increasingly heated national debate over immigration.
Six people were taken to hospital in critical condition after the 21-year-old suspect walked into a Melbourne branch of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and lit an accelerant, setting himself and the office on fire, Victoria Police said, adding the man was also in serious condition.
Far-right anti-Muslim groups have seized on the arson attack to call for a ban on refugees entering the country. They rallied in the city on Sunday to celebrate Republic Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election victory….
Victoria’s state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday there was no political motivation involved in the attack on the bank.
“It is not a commentary, and it oughtn’t to be used as a political weapon by anybody who finds fault with any of the policy settings we have at the moment,” The Age newspaper quoted Andrews as saying.
Habib Habib, from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization, said the man alleged to have carried out the attack was a Rohingya asylum seeker.
The man, who had spent time at an immigration detention on Christmas Island, was suffering mental and financial problems, he said. A federal government source confirmed to Reuters the man arrived in Australia by boat in 2013.