Over the weekend Huw Murdoch reported via Twitter that ‘Some band friends from Newcastle, @Seabellies got ambushed and bashed on Brunswick Street last night. Not a nice way to end a residency‘ and that ‘it happened up near workers club I think. They’re ok, but I think one or two need some stitches.‘
Virginia Murdoch replied ‘On behalf of the civilised residents of Fitzroy, I apologise. That truly sucks.‘ The Seabellies replied via Twitter and Facebook that ‘Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. We are little sore and sorry this morning… Melbourne, we still had the best time, regardless. We love you, it ain’t your fault. But to all the cowardly gangs everywhere: choosing small groups of innocent people to ambush, outnumber and hit with sticks & belts for sport… you are disgusting…’
I’d like to echo Virginia’s apology. I’d also like to think that the cowardly thugs were suburbans visiting Fitzroy for a night out of drink and trouble, not hipster locals. It’s a generalisation, but the openmindedness of the educated inner city population is sharply contrasted with the bigoted narrowmindedness of the outer suburban population.
If the implication is that one of the band members was attacked because of his race (Asian), then I’m even more likely to consider the perpetrators to be outsiders. Fitzroy has one of the highest populations per capita of residents from Asian backgrounds in Victoria, but to my knowledge it is not known as an area prone to racist violence compared to other suburbs.
If you witnessed this, please contact the Police.