Chinese social media outraged by racist graffiti at Sydney University

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Chinese social media users are outraged about new “kill Chinese” graffiti, decorated with swastikas, found on Monday in bathrooms at Sydney University..

The incident follows the discovery of racist posters at Melbourne University and Monash University which said in Mandarin that Chinese people would be deported if they entered buildings.

University of Sydney Union USU President, Courtney Thompson confirmed that the words “Kill Chinese” and the Nazi symbol of a swastika were found graffitied on the wall of a male toilet inside the university’s International Student Lounge and in toilets in the Abercrombie Building where the University of Sydney Business School is located.

Ms Thompson said it was found on Monday and removed the same day.

Anti-Chinese graffiti defaces a toilet wall at Sydney university.
Anti-Chinese graffiti defaces a toilet wall at Sydney university.

“We’ve been made aware of racist graffiti in both International Students Lounge and Abercrombie bathrooms. The USU does not tolerate racism in any of its forms and we are working swiftly with campus security to ensure any and all remnants are removed,” the University of Sydney Union said in a statement.

The incidents in Melbourne last week elicited a response from the Chinese government, with Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang saying the matter has “raised dissatisfaction” among Chinese students.

“This incident has raised dissatisfaction and disapproval from Chinese students studying in Australia and drawn attention from the Chinese people back home,” he said at a press conference.

“I have noted reports saying that relevant universities have removed the flyers and handed over relevant information and material to the police. We hope that this case can be handled properly as soon as possible.”

“The safety, dignity and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese students in Australia must be protected with concrete efforts.”

A group called “Antipodean Resistance” claimed responsibility for the Melbourne incidents and described it as a prank.

But the group made clear it was about race, and said it was to protest the number of Chinese students at universities that they believed had “a direct route” to citizenship.

“We had a few goals with this prank: First, to draw attention to the massive amount of Chinese (and by extension, other races) at our universities,” the group said on its website.

Both Melbourne universities passed on their CCTV footage to local police.

The incidents have lit up Chinese language social media in Australia. The popular Australian Red Scarf group wrote in a post that the Sydney graffiti was unlikely to be isolated and appeared worse than the Melbourne posters.

“Australian red scarf will continue to focus on the matter,” the article’s author wrote.

By PRIMROSE RIORDA
The Australian

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