Oxford St to increase policing following increase of hate crimes


Image: NSW Police Force on Twitter

Following the increasing number of anti-LGBTQI+ related attacks in Sydney recently, NSW Police will increase the number of personnel deployed on Oxford Street.

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich took to Instagram to make the announcement, saying:

“I’ve spoken to NSW Police who are aware and investigating the instances of anti-LGBTQ abuse that occurred around Oxford Street recently.

“They will increase policing this weekend to keep our community safe, and I look forward to joining them in walking around venues over the coming weeks to hear about your experiences first-hand.

“I’m committed to keeping our community safe, and ensuring we can go out and have a good time.”

Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore also commented on the post, sharing her support.

“Sydney is an inclusive, diverse city and everyone has the right to feel safe here.

“I’m glad the police are taking this seriously and echo your call for people to report any such incidents.”

 

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Outpouring of support

Commenters flooded Alex’s page with messages of support.

“Thank you, Alex. We can not allow these incidents to spiral back to when our streets were dangerous to walk around,” one person commented.

“That is awful news Alex, and thank you for protecting the LGBTQ community. Only people who dislike themselves speak poorly to others!” wrote another.

Meanwhile, others were sceptical of an increase in police presence.

“It’s just a shame that increased police is the answer. A reminder that historically, and in many cases today, police violence against the queer community (particularly queer poc) was/is just as rampant as in the general public,” wrote Sydney queen Diva Attenbra.

Hateful violence in Sydney’s streets

The announcement comes just one week after I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’s David Subritzky was the victim of a gay-bashing in Sydney.

“Getting called a fa***t and bashed in Sydney… still gonna do me losers,” he wrote in an Instagram post following the attack.

The influencer also shared images of his injuries, including a busted, bloodied lip.

In spite of the attack, however, David remained in high spirits.

“I’ve honestly had the best weekend in Sydney… and no dickhead is going to take that away.

“Call me whatever you like, bash me, I’m not gonna change.”

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Nate Woodall

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