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Australia Calls for peace in Qld town after riot

13:40  03 january  2020
13:40  03 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The far north Queensland community of Aurukun is still reeling after a riot destroyed eight homes on New Year's Day.

The outburst of violence followed the death of a 37-year-old man, who was stabbed on Wednesday afternoon.

A supplied image obtained on Thursday, January 2, 2020, shows a burnt-out house in Aurukun, Queensland. At least six homes were set on fire in the remote town following the alleged murder of a 37-year-old man.© AAP A supplied image obtained on Thursday, January 2, 2020, shows a burnt-out house in Aurukun, Queensland. At least six homes were set on fire in the remote town following the alleged murder of a 37-year-old man.

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This peace came after a week of full-blown rioting . The violence began following the death of two teen-agers of African origin. The violence started nine days ago in the town of Clichy-sous-bois after two teen-agers were electrocuted in a power transformer station while allegedly fleeing the police.

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They faced court on Thursday and were remanded in custody.

At the height of the tensions about 250 people armed with makeshift weapons took to the streets in what Superintendent Geoff Sheldon described as a "vengeance-seeking exercise".

The town has a long history of violence between clans and the recent outburst of violence is believed to be based on tribal links, Supt Sheldon told media on Thursday.

The rioting mob burnt down eight houses, believing people living at those homes had connections to the pair accused of murder.

Rioters also swarmed the local airport, believing police had taken the accused there.

There have been no other arrests since the riot died down, with police saying measures were being taken to return the area to peace.

"Attempts at community mediation are progressing, with local authorities, leaders and elders assisting with the process," a police statement said.

With tensions running high, the region's Mayor Dereck Walpo urged the community for peace.

"I thank the police for their work in our community over the past few days and urge residents to co-operate with them," he said.

"I ask all members of our community to keep calm so we can move forward and begin the healing process."

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