[Anglican Communion News Service] The assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne, Philip Huggins, has come to the defense of the South Sudanese migrant and refugee community in the Australian state of Victoria, after a local “media frenzy” about African gangs. There have been a number of high-profile crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including assaults and vandalism, mainly in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Some matters are now before the courts, and politicians have been quick to weigh-in with their thoughts. Coalition MPs in Victoria say that African gang crime is out of control, and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said that “people are scared to go out at restaurants of a night time because they’re followed home by these gangs.”
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