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On Saturday 28th of November, a group of brothers from the Homeless Run, a charity organisation dedicated to feeding the homeless throughout NSW, decided to attend the Stereosonic Festival to educate fellow Muslim youth in attendance on drug-prevention and anti-violence.

On their way to the Festival, they were stopped by up to 100 police officers and held for approximately one hour in Vaughn Street, Lidcombe in public view of hundreds of passersby. They were each searched individually and had their van searched as well with nothing incriminating found whatsoever. As time passed, more and more police officers were called down including a SWAT van with armed officers.

They were told they were not allowed to go to the Festival as it would breach the peace, despite their well-founded intentions in assisting troubled youth. Although their reason may have been considered valid, the exaggerated response by the NSW Police force was nothing short of intimidating to the boys and caused much public embarrassment to their reputable charity organisation.

The Homeless Run is well-known for their charitable work throughout Sydney and this public display of excessive force on a peaceful group of brothers has caused them and the Muslim community much pain and shock.

As concerned citizens we demand a public apology from the NSW Police not only for the excessive force on innocent Muslim citizens, but also for the embarrassment they have caused to a notable Muslim charity organisation that has done much good for the Australian community at large.


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