Vandals wreck display protesting violence
THE irony of an antiviolence group being the target of vandals is not lost on Zonta Club of Roma members.
For the second time in two years they have picked up the pieces after an act of vandalism on Friday night.
Signs, including a banner and coloured wooden figurines, were knocked to the ground and some were destroyed in what is believed to be a drunken act late Friday or early Saturday.
As part of their 16 days of action protesting violence against women, Zonta members erected a banner and groups of coloured female figurines on the grassy corner of Quintin and McDowall streets.
Member Christina Waldron said the club was taking it seriously and police had already been involved.
“We are very disappointed,” she said.
“This proves our point – that violence is mindless and that we as a community really need to be doing more.
“These were innocent wooden figures, they weren’t hurting anyone and someone has let themselves get aggressive with them.”
Ms Waldron said she was unsure of the motive.
“It could be a dislike against our club, or against women or the principle in general of us fighting back against this violence,” she said. “But it just shows that violence is brainless and it needs to be stopped.”
The club will press charges against those involved and will seek financial and “in-kind” compensation.
Roma police said they had identified suspects but investigations were continuing.
If you have any information that may assist the police in their investigations, please phone Roma Police Station on 4622 9333.
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