Friday, November 12, 2004


This photograph appeared on the front page of An Australian Newspaper yesterday. Seeing as that Australian Newspaper has overlooked providing imagery with their online version of the article I have help-handed them with this scan, and of course with attribution;

Racism In The Ranks Revealed

AUSTRALIAN soldiers dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to intimidate young black recruits just weeks before they were sent overseas to fight in the name of freedom.

This disturbing photograph obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows Aboriginal and other dark-skinned soldiers forced to sit as white troops in hoods stood menacingly behind them.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal today these "initiation rituals" at Australia's biggest army barracks, which has sent soldiers to campaigns in Iraq and East Timor, have been the subject of a secret investigation.

The white soldiers who masterminded the cruel pranks escaped punishment and in some cases were even promoted.

By LUKE McILVEEN in Canberra November 11, 2004

The Daily Telegraph

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