July 2018 | Hundreds of African Australians rally against 'racist' reporting

Date: 28 July 2018

Source: The Age

Up to 500 protesters gathered in emotional scenes outside the Channel Seven studio in Docklands on Saturday to condemn what they say is biased reporting about crime in Melbourne's African community.

The protest gained traction on social media in response to a recent report on the network's Sunday Night program about Melbourne's so-called 'African gangs'.

Police estimated between 300 and 500 protesters turned out to Saturday's event, many waving flags or holding signs in solidarity.

The event was organised by several young members of Melbourne's Sudanese community.

Holding a sign that read "We're students not gangs," organiser Sebit Gurech said the media had made the public fear Africans.

"People should not have to see me on the train and be afraid," he said. "I am more than the colour of my skin."

Mr Gurech wore blue in tribute to 19-year-old Pakenham woman Laa Chol, who died in the early hours of last Saturday after an altercation at a short-stay apartment in Melbourne's CBD.