"But we have to stand up to these guys or else they will take over completely." Indeed so. "Sydney's violent wild, wild west," by Mark Morri for The Daily Telegraph, December 7 (thanks to James):
SHOOTINGS, extortion and general violence is so out of control in south-west Sydney that residents and children are seeking medical help for post-traumatic stress disorders.
Gangs from opposing religious sects are also extorting money from restaurants in the area with at least three premises fire-bombed or shot at in the past few weeks.
Gee, Mark, which religious sects? Baptists and Methodists? Calvinists and Arminians?
Police have confirmed they have set up a special taskforce to investigate the shootings.
"There are a number of shooting incidents at restaurants in the Bankstown area we are looking at," said Detective Superintendent Debbie Wallace, head of the Middle Eastern Crime Squad.
"Victims of these types of crimes are very reluctant to come forward, naturally because of the fear," Supt Wallace said.
She confirmed that in some cases religion is used by those making the threats.
Zowie, Supt Wallace, which religion? Jainism? Zen Buddhism?
"We need people to come forward and tell us before we can take action." (continue reading...)(...more)