Dozens of members of the infamous Sudanese Apex gang rampaged through a crowd at a Melbourne, Australia, community festival, stealing cell phones, throwing rocks, and assaulting people watching a fireworks display—the latest incident in a long series of African crime and violence to strike the city.
The African attack took place at the Summersault Festival in Caroline Springs over the past weekend. In what onlookers described as a “planned attack,” the Africans struck while many in the large crowd where filming the fireworks on their cell phones—presenting easy targets as they held them up in the air.
Footage from the attack showed crowds screaming in terror as the Africans swooped, punching and beating white people at random as they marauded their way through the festival.
At least one white boy was admitted to the hospital after being beaten by the Africans. His mother told the Seven Network news that he was punched in the face and had his phone stolen at the event.
“My understanding is that he was knocked out. He didn’t know where he was, he didn’t know what day it was,” she told the Seven Network.
“He was just an innocent bystander,” she said. “We’re very fortunate it wasn’t worse. As a parent this is terrifying.”
Another witness said a “big pack” ran through the crowd, grabbing cell phones and handbags as festival-goers recorded the fireworks. He then saw the Africans throwing rocks at apartment buildings.
“Out of nowhere, everyone’s gone from standing there watching, having a lovely time, to people just running in all directions,” he told the Seven Network.
Victims also spoke out on Twitter about the attack:
— Carrie (@Cazlyn1) February 11, 2017
The Sudanse Apex gang—named after the street in Melbourne where they were first formed—is notorious throughout Melbourne. Made up of Africans falsely claiming to be “refugees,” the Sudanese had quickly established a reputation as violent, primitive savages who freely engage in public violence with almost no limitations.
A witness, Penny, told the Nine Network it was a “great big mass of people” moving through the crowd. “It was like a stampede, it was awful,” she said.
Another witness, Carrie, told News Corp she also had her phone and wallet stolen and was shoved in the stomach. “It was a planned attack,” she said.
Another witness told media that the gang “have no fear. There’s a police station right next door, but it doesn’t seem to deter them,” she said.
“Once the fireworks started it was like the Running of the Bulls.”
To add insult to injury, the Africans then laughed and boasted about their raid on the whites on social media:
— Carrie (@Cazlyn1) February 13, 2017
In her response, One Nation party leader and Australian Senator Pauline Hanson called for the Africans to be deported.
“I’ve got the best solution to this. Round them up and get them out!” the One Nation leader posted on her “Please Explain” Facebook page,
Media reports lamented the fact that Hanson’s comments had attracted “plenty of support across the country, with weekend polling showing her party may win up to 20 seats in the Queensland parliament at this year’s election.”
In 2009, Hanson described refugees as “incompatible with our way of life and culture.”
“They get around in gangs and there is escalating crime that is happening,” she said.
“If we want to do things for the Sudanese people, then let us send medical supplies, food, whatever they need over there — but let them stay in their own country.”