Thursday, 3 July 2008

Dog patrol tensions at Ceduna

Related Story: Town enlists security dogs to tackle violence, drunkenness
The use of dog security patrols at Ceduna on South Australia's far west coast has been likened to gestapo tactics by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM).

The council has introduced patrols to counter anti-social behaviour.

Mayor Allan Suter says it is not aimed at any racial group in particular.

ALRM chief executive Neil Gillespie will meet the council about his concerns.

"I think that it's targeted at Aboriginal people - to bring in the gestapo-type guard dogs again I repeat it's a racist action," he said.

Mr Suter says he wants an apology over the unfair comparison.

"I'd also like to point out dogs are used in city areas for similar purposes but people just like to sensationalise and try to make a racist issue out of it," he said.

"Well it isn't racist, it isn't targeting any particular group of people, it is targeting people who are committing offences."

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