Thursday 16 July 2015
In the past several months a minority voice in Australia has been trying to stir up racist and Islamophobic feelings in Victoria and the broader Australian community.
As a state we are proud of our multicultural history and the socially cohesive society we enjoy in Victoria.
With the news that right wing extremists will hold rallies in Melbourne this weekend, peddling false and racist messages about Muslims and Islam, we, the Islamic Council of Victoria strongly condemn the rallies as divisive and detrimental to Victoria's multiracial harmony.
ICV president Ghaith Krayem said, "We would like to emphasise the importance of protesting peacefully and with integrity, congruent with the original intent of the counter--‐rally. The physical confrontations we have seen from right wing extremist groups previously are contrary to our Australian values, lack common sense and decency."