Minister blamed for attack on African teen By Jeff Turnbull October 10, 2007 07:14pm SUDANESE community leaders demanded an apology from Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews for inciting racial violence today, as murdered teenager Liep Gony was laid to rest. Samuel Kuot, president of the Sudanese Community Association of Australia, said Mr Andrews' comments that Sudanese found it hard to assimilate were discriminatory and had inflamed feelings against them. Mr Andrews last week said African refugees were forming gangs, getting in involved in nightclub fights and drinking in public parks. Mr Kuot blamed Mr Andrews for another attack on a teenaged Sudanese immigrant last night. Outside the funeral of Mr Gony, 18, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dandenong today, Mr Kuot said Sudanese in Melbourne no longer felt safe after being singled out by Mr Andrews. From one war to another: Liep Gony's extended family and friends gathered in Noble Park to mourn his death and grieve. "The Sudanese community, as well as the African community, expects an apology from the minister," Mr Kuot said. "The community is angry, many people are crying and emotional. "We came to this country and expected it to be safe and if you bring someone you need to protect them â€“ you can't turn against them." Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been charged with Mr Gony's murder after the teenager was found bashed and unconscious on a median strip in Noble Park in Melbourne's southeast last month. He later died in hospital. His funeral came one day after Ajang Gor, 17, was struck over the head with a bottle in Melton, in Melbourne's west. Mr Gor was attacked last night by three men who then stole his wallet and mobile phone which they used to send racist comments to his brother's phone. "We believe that was caused by Mr Andrews' comments," Mr Kuot said. He rejected Mr Andrews' assertion that the Sudanese were having trouble fitting into the Australian community. "The minister should come to sympathise with us, not to condemn us when any- thing tragic like this happens," Mr Kuot said. "We are very friendly people, not a threat to this country. "With the comments of the minister, we feel we are being discriminated against, being interrogated, and the people who did not want us to come to this country can now turn against us." Mr Gor, with his head bandaged, told the Nine Network he was knocked unconscious as he tried to run from his attackers. "I don't know who caught up with me and hit me with the bottle and that was when I collapsed," Mr Gor said. Mr Gony's mother Martha Ojulo told mourners her family had come to Australia from war-torn Sudan hoping to find a safe haven. She said her son regarded himself as an Australian, not Sudanese. As emotions overflowed in wailing and tears, three young women were taken to hospital by ambulances after being overcome with grief during the service. Many of Mr Gony's former schoolmates waited solemnly outside the church, many leaning against the garden walls of neighbouring houses. They greeted each new arrival with a quiet handshake and then waited quietly for the funeral to end. Had they ventured inside they would have heard Mr Gony's former principal at Nunawading Christian College, Jacques Calais, describe him as a good boy who tried his very best. "I saw a tall athletic man and I was eager for him to be part of the school," Mr Calais said. Mr Andrews said later he understood the grief but there was no apology forthcoming. "I understand what is being said today, I understand the grief that is being felt..." he said.