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Australian Federal Police cancel Eid dinner after backlash from Muslim community
by Rachel Olding
The Australian Federal Police has cancelled an annual Ramadan dinner after Muslim community leaders vowed to boycott the event.
In a sign of deepening fractures between the Muslim community and Australian authorities, a petition was circulated on July 2, urging imams and other representatives to boycott dinners in Sydney and Melbourne because they were a tokenistic attempt "to create a false image of co-operation, harmony and trust which could not be further from the truth".
"I can't break fast with those who authorise flash bombs to be used against families," said Australian Muslim Women's Association spokeswoman Silma Ihram, who was one of 840 people to sign the petition.
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