No Change To Threat Level Despite Latest IS Threats
Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has said that the security fence that we saw at the MCG during the cricket season will not be re-erected for the footy finals this weekend, even though we've just heard new threats from Islamic State, calling for local radicals to target the venue for attacks.
Even though more than 70,000 people are due at the MCG for the QF showdown between the Cats and the Hawks Friday night, Mr Ashton has said that Victoria Police "don't feel that the ring of steel, that fence, adds any value".
The Premier of Victoria has said that there has been no change to the State's threat level, and that Victorians should all go about their business as usual.
Islamic State has named major Sydney and Melbourne crowd hotspots as potential targets in a new editorial in the terrorist organisations magazine 'Among The Believers Are Men'.
The piece reads, "Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards."
"Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your vehicles."
"Kill them wherever you find them until the hollowness of their arrogance is filled with terror and they find themselves on their knees with their backs broken under the weight of regret for having waged a war against the believers, and by Allah’s will, and then through your sacrifices, this Ummah [community of Muslims] will be victorious."
Federal member for Wills, Peter Khalil, has said Brunswick, Broadmeadows and Bankstown were targeted because they are all very multicultural communities, functioning quite successfully in our society.
"That's the reason thy are afraid of... they're afraid [multiculturalism] actually works in these places, and because it cuts right through the hateful ideology which wants to separate people of different faiths and ethnicities."
"I'm sure that people of Brunswick and Broadmeadows won't be intimidated by these types of threats..."
Read the original article from The Age here.