& # 39; Everyone has the right to go home without being killed & # 39 ;: the Melbourne garbage truck driver starts the local chapter of the Guardian Angels vigilante group to protect women after the brutal rape and murder of an Israeli student
- A man from Melbourne patrols the streets to keep an eye on who is at risk
- Michael Makridis has founded the Melbourne chapter of the Guardian Angels
- He says that everyone must feel safe to be attacked or killed when in public
- The 53-year-old was stimulated by Aiia Maasarwe & # 39; s rape and murder in January
After the brutal rape and murder of an Israeli student in January, a garbage truck driver has become a guardian angel to keep people out on the street.
Michael Makridis, 53, founded the Melbourne chapter of the Guardian Angels – which was first established in 1979 in New York City.
Mr. Makridis has been able to patrol alone in the northern suburbs of Melbourne every day and almost every night for the last two months.
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Michael Makridis (left) started the Melbourne chapter of the Guardian Angels two months ago and patrols the streets, train stations and parks to keep people safe
& # 39; Its main purpose is to patrol the streets and keep the community safe & # 39 ;, he told the A Current Affair of the Nine Network.
Aiia Maasarwe & Brutal Rape and Murder in January was what kicked his desire to keep women and the community in general safe.
The 21-year-old student was attacked while walking home to her accommodation after a comedy show on the night of January 16.
Her half-naked body was found the next morning at a mall.
The most famous movements of Mrs. Maasarew were when she traveled on tram 86 to Bundoora – a tram line that Makridis now patrols regularly.
He says that despite CCTV cameras & # 39; s people are still sexually abused on the Melbourne trams.
& # 39; Everyone has the right to go home or go anywhere safely, without being sexually assaulted or assaulted or killed for this & # 39 ;.
The brutal rape and murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in January in Melbourne marked Mr. Makridis & # 39; s desire to keep women and the community safe
The Guardian Angels patrol the streets unarmed in their striking red berets and decorated T-shirts, trying to keep the community safe.
The crime-fighting movement has also expanded to Logan, near Brisbane, where Ed Hornery takes to the streets to find and use drug paraphernalia.
He says that needles can often be found behind bushes in parks and in hidden corners of the street.
The most famous movements of Mrs. Maasarew were when she traveled on tram 86 to Bundoora – a tram line that Makridis now patrols regularly
Despite their resistance to crime, Mr. Makridis emphasizes that the group is not a civilian guard.
& # 39; We are not vigilantes, it is as simple as that. We are not looking for problems. We don't chase criminals. We're not going to arrest people, & he said.
Mr Makridis said that although they do not fulfill the role of police, they want to be a visible presence to discourage crime.
Guardian Angels took matters into their own hands in the late 1970s when gangs and criminals ruled the streets of New York City
Since the start of their patrols, the group has fortunately not encountered major crimes.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa said they took matters into their own hands in the 1970s when gangs and criminals ruled the streets of New York City.
& # 39; As volunteers, we have decided to fill the void and give people hope that things can turn around & he said.
Volunteers patrolled the subway, wearing a Guardian Angels shirt and a red beret, and were originally trained to have civilians arrested.
Now the group also offers training programs & # 39; s for young people and teachers, disaster relief, an internet safety program called CyberAngels and self-defense courses.
The Guardian Angels continue to get a grip around the world and have now spread to 130 cities in 13 countries.
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