AL FURQAN ISLAMIC INFORMATION CENTRE (“Al Furqan”)
On Saturday, 18th of April, police authorities carried out a number of counter-terror raids across Victoria. Given the incessant media attention placed on Al-Furqan centre as a result, we wish to release this statement for the purpose of clarification.
Firstly, we sincerely pray that all those affected and their families are granted patience and strength in this difficult period.
As with previous raids, reports of police brutality, heavy-handedness and general mistreatment have already surfaced. Australian Muslims are hardly surprised by such accusations anymore as they have become customary of police interactions with many Muslims. Also unsurprising is the fact that most of those raided and arrested have not been charged with any crime, again calling into question the need for military tactics against those not accused of criminal wrongdoing.
Finally, we wish to clarify that there was no connection between Al-Furqan centre and these raids, and that claims to the contrary are unfounded and misleading.