Raids during Ramadan become regular in Australia

Community tensions are running high in Sydney after police raides four houses during the Ramadan.

Raids during Ramadan become regular in Australia

World Bulletin/News Desk

Muslim community of Auburn, the western Sydney suburb, are furious because of raids by the Middle Eastern organised crime squad during the fast breaking hours of Ramadan.

The raids on Tuesday evening prompted a gathering of about 150 mostly Middle Eastern youths and then the arrival of about 100 police.

A Lebanese local, who asked to remain anonymous, said police in Auburn were racist and should have had the courtesy not to interrupt the breaking of a fast during Ramadan.

"They target the same families, they don't care if your mum's in the shower, they've got no respect," he said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ken McKay made no apology for the raids, claiming search warrants were executed in response to a shooting incident on the weekend.

A 17-year-old boy arrested in the raids, also charged with assault, was granted bail to appear in Parramatta Children's Court on September 29. A woman was also arrested and is expected to face charges in the future.

Police have denied their timing was culturally insensitive.

Auburn mayor Irene Simms said protests about the interruptions of religious rituals were "no excuse" and "the police did an exceptional job in this situation," adding that immigrants to Australia caught breaking their citizenship oath by committing crimes should be kicked out of the country.

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