A GOLD Coast father has called for calm in the community after his son was targeted by a car load of teenagers who threatened to behead him on the street because he looked like a Muslim.
Police are investigating the attack where the young man was allegedly threatened and abused at a set of traffic lights at the intersection of Wardoo Street and Benowa Road about 6.30pm on Thursday.
Craig Pollard says his son was bailed up by the group of teens who’d threatened to behead him simply because he had a beard.
“I am, to put it mildly, pissed off with some of the drop-kick idiots on the Gold Coast,” he said.
“My son was picking up my youngest boy and was stopped at the lights when a bunch of (men) stopped beside him in in their white p-plate Holden Commodore and started to abuse him about being a Muslim.
“They threatened to cut off his head if they saw him on the street.”
Mr Pollard said his son told the group he was not a Muslim, instead a kiwi with a beard, but they carried on with the abuse, preaching “kiwis were next” before eventually taking off.
It’s the latest in a spate of recent offensives targeting Australia’s Islamic community in the wake of a series of counter terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane, and the shooting death of a teenage terror suspect outside a Melbourne police station on Tuesday night.
“He has made an official complaint to the police about it, but is now afraid to drive his car,” Mr Pollard said.
“What is this place coming to if a young boy can’t feel safe on the Gold Coast while driving to pick up his brother.
“This is going to get worse, not better. I can see the writing on the wall and feel sad for the majority of the Gold Coast that will be caught up in the hate storm.”
The incident follows an attack on an Islamic prayer centre on Brisbane’s south-side on Wednesday night, where the words “Muslims are evil” and “die” where spray painted across the buildings exterior.
Meanwhile in New South Wales, police have appealed for information after a man wielding a large knife allegedly stormed an Islamic school in south-west Sydney yesterday afternoon and reportedly threatened to kill staff.
“The perception may be in some quarters that the Muslim community have some ties to the perpetrators of some of these crimes,” Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told ABC’s Lateline.
“They (extremists) are simply criminals who have no respect for any of us or for any particular religion or religious group.”
Last week Premier Campbell Newman called for calm and understanding, warning police would be protecting Queensland’s Muslim community against any backlash following the recent terror-crackdown.
He said community hate directed at Muslim places of worship or schools would not be tolerated.
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