Anger at boys’ Nazi dis­play Mass killing in Aus­tralia

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SOFIA: Bul­gar­ian au­thor­i­ties said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing pho­to­graphs that ap­pear to show a child mak­ing a Nazi salute and an­other with a swastika on his chest at the coun­try’s soc­cer cup fi­nal.

The im­ages of the shirt­less boys stand­ing at the na­tional sta­dium on Wed­nes­day, in front of the crowd of sup­port­ers of the Levski Sofia team, caused a pub­lic out­cry af­ter be­ing posted on­line. One has his arm raised in what looks like a Nazi salute, and the other a swastika scrawled on his bare chest.

They ap­pear to be well un­der 10 years old. The Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Jews in Bul­garia con­demned the in­ci­dent.

In 2012, Levski were fined €30 000 (R440 000) by Euro­pean soc­cer gov­ern­ing body Uefa for racist be­hav­iour by fans dur­ing a Europa League match, and the Bul­gar­ian Foot­ball Union (BFU) fined the club €19 000 af­ter sup­port­ers dis­played a ban­ner with a swastika and an­other mark­ing Adolf Hitler’s birth­day. The BFU has been ac­cused of hand­ing Levski sym­bolic fines for re­peated racist be­hav­iour. – Reuters/ African News Agency (ANA) SYDNEY: Aus­tralian po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mass killing af­ter find­ing seven dead peo­ple, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, in a ru­ral town in the Mar­garet River wine-grow­ing re­gion yes­ter­day.

The bod­ies were found at or near a prop­erty in Os­ming­ton, Western Aus­tralia’s Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Chris Daw­son said, adding firearms were found and there ap­peared to be gun­shot wounds. “I can only de­scribe it as hor­rific.”

Gun crime in Aus­tralia fell sharply af­ter strict con­trols were in­tro­duced in re­sponse to a mass shoot­ing in 1996, when a gun­man killed 35 in Tas­ma­nia.

That prompted the gov­ern­ment to buy back or con­fis­cate a mil­lion firearms and make it harder to buy new ones.

The lat­est killings could prove to be the sin­gle big­gest in­ci­dent of gun-re­lated deaths since 1996.

Po­lice said they went to the prop­erty af­ter get­ting a tele­phone call. “The tele­phone call we’ve recorded,” said Daw­son, who would not com­ment on the iden­tity of the caller. He said homi­cide de­tec­tives were help­ing po­lice. – Reuters

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