Press release, 16 December, 2014
Australian Syrian Association Victoria prayers with the victims of siege.
The Australian Syrian Association Victoria, as all other Australians, were astonished, sadden, and shocked with the news about the terrifying siege of the 17 hostages at the Lindt Chocolate Café, Martin Place, Sydney on 15 December 2014.
The Australian Syrian Association Victoria would like to express its deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of this tragic event. ASAVIC strongly condemns this and any act of violence perpetuated against innocent people and stands united with every Australian for a peaceful and safe society.
As The Prime Minster and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned today, that disturbing siege was an isolated incident, inhumane, act of terror, and had nothing to do with any religion. In fact, the news released this morning confirmed that the gunman involved in that deadly siege was known for his criminal record, and his history of bad behavior is clearly non-Islamic. Using an Islamic flag or phrases by such a mad and horrifying man has no link to Islam or Muslims.
The ASAVIC would like also to thank the Australian police for handling and ending that siege professionally and calmly. And we urge all Australians to stand together for the harmony and peace of Australia.