A young Chinese-Australian family is living in fear after being targeted in two separate incidents at their home, with one leaving their garage door covered in racist graffiti.
Melbourne father Jackson, whose last name has not been reported, told the ABC he was scared after a person spray-painted “COVID-19 China Die” on the garage door at his home in Knoxfield, in the city’s east, on Monday morning.
In a separate incident, a rock was thrown at a window, breaking it, on Tuesday about 2.30am (local time).
Jackson said he and his partner were struggling to sleep.
“We have a young guy here so we are really concerned about his safety as well,” he told Nine News.
"Now we are feeling a little bit scared to be honest."
When asked about the attack by reporters on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wanted the racism to stop.
“I deplore that sort of behaviour against any Australian, regardless of their ethnicity or their religion or whatever it happens to be and I think that is the view of all Australians,” Mr Morrison said.
“So we have to call that sort of thing out. It’s not on.”
‘Disgraceful’ graffiti condemned
People on Facebook called out the attack too, saying it was the work of a “lowlife scumbag”.
“Racism is never okay,” one woman wrote.
“We must all speak up and defend victims of ignorant rednecks and others who also should know better.”
Another woman called it “disgraceful”.
“Disgusting. That's not the majority of us,” she wrote.
“I hope they are caught and punished.”
Victoria Police confirmed the matter is being investigated.
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