Van­dals wreck dis­play protest­ing vi­o­lence

Chinchilla News - - WEST - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

NO MORE: Zonta mem­bers Sue Moll­gaard, Christina Wal­dron, Rachel Forn­dron and Me­gan and Al­bert Devlin aren’t giv­ing up their cause.

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