Right-wingers likely to target Muslims in regional areas
PEACE-loving Muslims in regional centres will soon face hate attacks from right-wing Australians venting their anger at the Paris terror attacks.
Political Islam expert Halim Rane said some regional residents would focus their anger on the nation's Muslims after Islamic State militants killed at least 129 people in France on the weekend.
Associate Professor Rane said level-headed Aussies would recognise most of Australia's 500,000 Muslims abhorred terrorism.
"In Australia if you think about the number of Muslims who are engaged in extremist violent behaviour, we are talking about far less than 1% of the Muslim population," he said.
Australians took to the Reclaim Australia Facebook page yesterday to denounce Muslims.
"No more Islam in Australia, if I see anyone wearing a head scarf today I will feel sick," Queenslander Allison Boys-Armytage wrote.
NSW's Niko M Sita said: "I think all Muslims should be out of this World and never be seen again."
How does the Paris attack make you feel about your safety?
This poll ended on 30 November 2015.
No different. These were isolated extremists who want us to feel scared. I won't let them win.
A little unsafe. This could happen anywhere, with any target.
Really worried. I don't think Australia is prepared for an attack like this.
It makes me less likely to visit Europe, but I feel safe here.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.