Monday, December 12, 2005

Aussie Riots: Police moving into potential flashpoints.

Australia: More text message to arms are showing up.

POLICE moved quickly to prevent violence at potential new flashpoints in Sydney tonight following some of the worst race-based clashes ever seen in Australia. Police guarding against any repeat of yesterday's race riot at Cronulla tonight blocked off streets around the Lakemba Mosque, in Sydney's south-west, after about 500 mostly Muslim men gathered, apparently after rumours of an imminent attack on the building. Rocks and flares were thrown at police as the crowd dispersed, police said, and although no one was injured, tensions tonight remained high among Australians of Middle Eastern background, who were targeted in yesterday's race riot at Cronulla beach. Earlier today, cricket bats, rocks and lengths of steel were confiscated by police monitoring about 100 local residents who had gathered near Maroubra Beach, not far from where a rampaging mob smashed car windows last night in an apparent retaliation for the Cronulla beatings. The crowd had largely dispersed by nightfall, but Superintendent Phil Rogerson said police were also worried about violence flaring tonight at Coogee and Bondi, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Previous posts here , here , here and here with background info. Update# The Greens of course know the real reason this happened.
Greens The Australian Greens leader, Bob Brown, has called on the Prime Minister to do more to promote multiculturalism after yesterday's violence. Senator Brown says the episode is damaging Australia's reputation. "The job of dealing with violence is a police job, but this was much wider than that yesterday," he said. "It was the use of race to stir up mob sentiment and violence racism was central to it and it's damaging our reputation right around the world." Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says Australian multiculturalism is alive and well. "This is simply criminal behaviour, that's all there is to it," he said.
Mr Brown would do well to think about the quote to the right by the Archbishop as Multicult is part of the problem, not the solution.

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