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Gang attacks Chinese students in race-hate bashings at Woden Interchange

By Ian Bushnell 26 October 2017 26
Bashed teenager

One of the Chinese college students who was bashed at the Woden Bus Interchange on Monday.

The Chinese student community is reeling after the race-hate bashing of two students in separate incidents at the Woden Bus Interchange on Monday.

The 19-year-old male college students were set upon by a gang of up to 10 local teenagers after refusing to give them cigarettes.

Their assailants shouted abuse at them, screaming “F….g Chinese! Go back to your country!”

In the worst incident, a student was punched to the ground and continued to be attacked as he lay there, taking blows to his head and body. He suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to Canberra Hospital where he spent two nights before being released yesterday.

The police were called to the Interchange and it is believed one person has been charged.

Apparently the same group of teenagers are regularly at the interchange demanding cigarettes, and police were called this afternoon to another incident there.

Police make their presence felt at the Interchange on Thursday.

The attacks have sparked fears among the many Chinese students in the ACT for their safety.

The ACT Government has been advised of the incidents and in an email to a community member said it was very concerned about the matter, and took the safety of all Canberrans seriously.

“We have been informed that ACT Policing responded to the two incidents that occurred on Monday night at the Woden Bus Interchange. A person has been charged over this incident, and ACT Policing enquiries are continuing. The Education Directorate is also aware of this matter and is offering support to those students involved,” it said.

It is believed police also conducted a session with Chinese students this afternoon to advise them on how to protect themselves and stay safe in Canberra.


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Myrmecia 6:47 pm 02 Nov 17

“What a shame we don’t do public caning! We used to, back when these white trash were colonial British.”
Some sort of punishment that is both unpleasant and rehabilitative is needed (following serious Police action to apprehend those guilty, prosecution and conviction).
Rather than corporal punishment, why don’t we jail them in a prison in which they have to work and behave to get fed and looked after?
This may “infringe the human rights” of those who put on a performance with a hunger strike, but these thugs need to learn that anti-social behaviour has consequences. Better to have consequences they cannot avoid every hour of every day for months rather than the fleeting agony of corporal punishment.
Consequences like these should focus the mind more than a belting.

dungfungus 11:11 am 01 Nov 17

Andrew Wang said :

I have been a frequent visitor pf Canberra and was impressed with its multi cultural diversity

I am shocked reading about the recent bashings of Chinese students by low brow locals who are essentially bored with their unexciting lives. The police must act decisively, but so far there has been one arrest. My suggestion is for the Chinese Embassy to bring in their own security to protect the students. They should know that the Chinese students will not defend themselves for fear of losing Chinese funding.

A lot of blame on anti Chinese sentiment has been the negative influence of right wing facists globally, the racist attitudes of Trump and the desperate nature of Turnbull and Bishop who continously critisise China for reclaiming their own sovereign territories in order to get in favor with the Trump administration. These negative comments have easily been absorbed by the uneducated. Lets hope that Albanese becomes the leader of the ALP and wins the next election or even earlier. Shorten is not in the race.

The best outcone for China is to terminate the Australia-China FTA and relocate education funding from Australia to friendly countries like Canada, New Zealand Singapore, amd parts of Europe. Australia is still racist and only wants to benegit from trade. Australia is not a friend of China and never will be. Why trade with a country that still has a ‘white superiority complex’.

Random attacks by gangs in Woden Town Centre are common as several posters on this thread have alluded to and I do not think the victims are chosen because of their ethnicity. Nevertheless, we are all concerned by the severity of the assaults on your countrymen. I am surprised the colleges they attend didn’t warn them of this problem – everyone else in Canberra knows about it.

The alleged assailants have been identified and will be dealt with by the courts. I think your description of the offenders as “low brow locals bored with their lives” is very good (bogans would be also acceptable) but I totally reject your claim that Australia is still racist and has a white superiority complex.

May I remind you that China’s leaders are very intolerant to many minorities within China and despite the fact that most illegal drug imports into Australia are controlled by ethnic Chinese:
https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Former_Committees/acc/completed_inquiries/pre1996/ncaaoc/report/c04 we do not judge all Chinese to be drug dealers.

I have Chinese immigrants as close relatives and they are some of my favourite people. I admire the work ethic of the Chinese people and they have made and continue to make a great contribution to wealth of Australia. Trade is a two way street by the way.

I am interested to know from you how this situation would have been handled if it happened in China.

    Andrew Wang 1:26 pm 29 Dec 17

    In China, the youths would all have been arrested within 48 hours and held without court proceedings for 6 to 12 months. It might appear too tough but in Australia a jail term is rarely prosecuted. Australia is too soft on crime, more so if they are white. Look at the number of aboriginal youths in jail around Australia. A sad state of affairs.

Andrew Wang 10:30 am 31 Oct 17

I have been a frequent visitor pf Canberra and was impressed with its multi cultural diversity

I am shocked reading about the recent bashings of Chinese students by low brow locals who are essentially bored with their unexciting lives. The police must act decisively, but so far there has been one arrest. My suggestion is for the Chinese Embassy to bring in their own security to protect the students. They should know that the Chinese students will not defend themselves for fear of losing Chinese funding.

A lot of blame on anti Chinese sentiment has been the negative influence of right wing facists globally, the racist attitudes of Trump and the desperate nature of Turnbull and Bishop who continously critisise China for reclaiming their own sovereign territories in order to get in favor with the Trump administration. These negative comments have easily been absorbed by the uneducated. Lets hope that Albanese becomes the leader of the ALP and wins the next election or even earlier. Shorten is not in the race.

The best outcone for China is to terminate the Australia-China FTA and relocate education funding from Australia to friendly countries like Canada, New Zealand Singapore, amd parts of Europe. Australia is still racist and only wants to benegit from trade. Australia is not a friend of China and never will be. Why trade with a country that still has a ‘white superiority complex’.

petunia petal 2:19 pm 28 Oct 17

This attack wasn’t about race or Chinese students, the media has reported that this particular gang of teenage crims were known to frequent the area and had threatened and intimated other people in the past. I can guarantee that police know them well and that they’ve been involved in other anti-social and criminal behaviour in the past . I can also guarantee that nothing will happen to them. Their deadbeat parents won’t be held accountable and they will continue to enjoy impunity and freedom to do more of the same. I feel sorry for the victims.

wentiduo 10:58 am 28 Oct 17

Chinese kids and parents, move over to Canada! Our hearts are with you. You do not have to face this shXt in the 2010s.

Kingkeyake 10:33 am 28 Oct 17

The authority became really concerned when the news is spread and followed by a decreasing number of international students. It all depends on the PR and the offenders will still be at large as they are teenagers when everything is covered up.

Blen_Carmichael 8:34 am 28 Oct 17

Shanemac01 said :

This has finally happenned because we have put pressure on them… organising through Chinese expat social media. There have been many times in the past when this was quietly swept under the carpet… education dept don’t want the negative publicity and police don’t care.

Yes indeed, I imagine there was a crisis meeting yesterday in the command centre of the Winchester Police Centre, and the central topic of discussion was one “Shanemac01” and his formidable ‘j’accuse’ against the ACT police. I think you’re overestimating your influence, just ever so slightly.

As for your claiming that police do nothing about assaults and “sweep them under the carpet”, you still haven’t provided anything of note. The absence of a prosecution for every complaint of assault is not in itself a failure on the police’s behalf.

Shanemac01 7:26 pm 27 Oct 17

Blen_Carmichael said :

Shanemac01 said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

Could you please provide the source/s for your claim that “Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet.”

Not everything is in a nice tidy report. I myself have been assaulted several times. Friends also. Police action = zero.

Well this puts paid to your theory that police do nothing about these assaults:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/chinese-high-school-students-bashed-in-canberra-teens-face-court-20171026-gz98mw.html

This has finally happenned because we have put pressure on them… organising through Chinese expat social media. There have been many times in the past when this was quietly swept under the carpet… education dept don’t want the negative publicity and police don’t care.

Blen_Carmichael 3:37 pm 27 Oct 17

Shanemac01 said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

Could you please provide the source/s for your claim that “Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet.”

Not everything is in a nice tidy report. I myself have been assaulted several times. Friends also. Police action = zero.

Well this puts paid to your theory that police do nothing about these assaults:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/chinese-high-school-students-bashed-in-canberra-teens-face-court-20171026-gz98mw.html

dungfungus 11:05 am 27 Oct 17

PaulM said :

I also would like to have definite info on the ethnicity of the attackers, but – let’s face it – it probably is home-grown bogans. What Americans call “white trash”.

What a shame we don’t do public caning! We used to, back when these white trash were colonial British. It was discontinued in ’74, apparently. Pity. A few strokes of the lash might teach these kids not to be antisocial. And a few years in the workhouse might teach their mothers not to breed fatherless sons.

https://www.corpun.com/counauj.htm

I am with you on that. Alternatively, the attackers could be sent to China for trial and punishment. There are no Bimberi Hotels in China.

dungfungus 11:01 am 27 Oct 17

Liam Jamieson said :

dungfungus said :

Shanemac01 said :

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I can’t understand why Chinese students would be in Woden though, as their are no tertiary education facilities south of the lake. The article says they were “Chinese High School students” but this can’t be correct as the only Chinese students in Australia attend tertiary institutions.

Incorrect, I attend Canberra College and we have foreign national students from around the globe as a part of a program we partake in. The majority of these students are Chinese.

The fees they pay for public education in the ACT are on par with the leading Canberra private school fees.

Liam Jamieson 10:14 am 27 Oct 17

dungfungus said :

Shanemac01 said :

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I can’t understand why Chinese students would be in Woden though, as their are no tertiary education facilities south of the lake. The article says they were “Chinese High School students” but this can’t be correct as the only Chinese students in Australia attend tertiary institutions.

Incorrect, I attend Canberra College and we have foreign national students from around the globe as a part of a program we partake in. The majority of these students are Chinese.

Jiahao Huang 9:50 am 27 Oct 17

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

Happy to see some sensible comments here. Not just ACT, the exportation of education is a big part of the Australia Economy. In fact base on sources from DFAT, Education-related travel services ranks 3rd on the Australia’s top export list, just behind Iron and Coal. I can already see media reports about this incident in Chinese websites. If the ACT government does not handles this matter correctly and give people the satisfied outcome, I am afraid that the whole Australian Education Export market will take a huge hit.

Shanemac01 9:02 am 27 Oct 17

Blen_Carmichael said :

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

Could you please provide the source/s for your claim that “Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet.”

Not everything is in a nice tidy report. I myself have been assaulted several times. Friends also. Police action = zero.

Shanemac01 8:57 am 27 Oct 17

I can’t understand why Chinese students would be in Woden though, as their are no tertiary education facilities south of the lake. The article says they were “Chinese High School students” but this can’t be correct as the only Chinese students in Australia attend tertiary institutions.

Wrong. There are lots of overseas students in secondary education.

dungfungus 8:43 am 27 Oct 17

dungfungus said :

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

It’s now on ABC online news http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-27/chinese-high-school-students-allegedly-bashed-in-canberra/9090732 so it will be picked up by Chinese media.

I can’t understand why Chinese students would be in Woden though, as their are no tertiary education facilities south of the lake. The article says they were “Chinese High School students” but this can’t be correct as the only Chinese students in Australia attend tertiary institutions.

On checking, I find that there are circumstances where foreign students can become temporary residents in Canberra and attend our public schools and colleges, for fee of about $16,200 a year. The students are required to be “billeted” by local families which will usually be family relatives or friends already permanent residents in Canberra.
https://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/international_students/international_students_and_parents/homestay_program

How many other people did not know about this scheme?

dungfungus 8:29 am 27 Oct 17

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

It’s now on ABC online news http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-27/chinese-high-school-students-allegedly-bashed-in-canberra/9090732 so it will be picked up by Chinese media.

I can’t understand why Chinese students would be in Woden though, as their are no tertiary education facilities south of the lake. The article says they were “Chinese High School students” but this can’t be correct as the only Chinese students in Australia attend tertiary institutions.

PaulM 8:20 am 27 Oct 17

I also would like to have definite info on the ethnicity of the attackers, but – let’s face it – it probably is home-grown bogans. What Americans call “white trash”.

What a shame we don’t do public caning! We used to, back when these white trash were colonial British. It was discontinued in ’74, apparently. Pity. A few strokes of the lash might teach these kids not to be antisocial. And a few years in the workhouse might teach their mothers not to breed fatherless sons.

https://www.corpun.com/counauj.htm

Blen_Carmichael 7:42 am 27 Oct 17

Shanemac01 said :

There have been several occasions of attacks on Chinese students. Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet. If this blows up on Chinese media, it will seriously damage the ACT economy which relies heavily on Chinese students.
We need security cameras at all bus interchanges. We need some serious action by police.

Could you please provide the source/s for your claim that “Police do nothing and it’s all swept under the carpet.”

dungfungus 7:28 am 27 Oct 17

David Wei said :

Lucy I believe the victims are Chinese students and the assailants are Aussie teenagers. It is a very disturbing incident.

Please define what an “Aussie” teenager looks like these days.

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