Anti-Muslim Posters Removed from Melbourne Tram Stops

January 9, 2006

Source: The Australian,5744,17776331%255E29277,00.html

On January 9, 2006 The Australian reported, "Posters warning Muslims and ethnic minorities against using public transport have been stripped from Melbourne tram stops. The posters were erected across city tram stops as part of a public art campaign and parody Metlink's fare evasion campaign. They were removed earlier today amid widespread condemnation. One of the posters, in Victoria Parade, read: 'Attention passengers, in the interests of personal safety non-Anglo commuters are advised to avoid using public transport.' Another poster carried a similar message and was superimposed over a photograph of accused terror suspect Joseph Terrence Thomas, warning Muslim passengers they may be 'subject to suspicion'. The posters were produced through the Urban Arts Collective by controversial artist Azlan McLennan, who first attracted criticism with his critique of Israel, which was removed from a Flinders Street window in 2004."