Sunday, December 18, 2005

Peace Rally in Australia brings out the hate Howard crowd.

Australia: This is the Sydney Morning Herald report, a lovely left wing paper that tends to gloss over a lot of things.

WHEN Tim Longhurst read about a racist SMS campaign urging people to descend on Cronulla Beach last weekend he decided to start his own campaign to promote a more positive message about Sydney's racial diversity. He soon teamed up with other young people dismayed by the beach violence, and within a week they had organised a peaceful event at Belmore Park in the city that yesterday afternoon attracted more than 1000 people. "What we saw today wasn't new. Sydney has always been a place where people do get along, and today they came out in force to show that," Mr Longhurst said. Numbers at the event, jointly organised by Matt Noffs of the Ted Noffs Foundation, were bolstered by a rally organised by the National Union of Students earlier in the day at Town Hall. Protesters carrying banners condemning everything from racial violence to the war in Iraq marched down George and Pitt streets to the park.
Uh oh... I see what you did there SMH and by looking at the picture you are not telling me the entire story. Lets go to the Daily Telegraph.
"WITH the Australian flag wrapped like a Muslim burqa over their faces, these silent protesters yesterday joined more than 10,000 people who demonstrated against Sydney's race riots. Just a week after a mob draped in Australian flags terrorised the beachside suburb of Cronulla, Sydney's traffic stalled for about an hour as the anti-racism procession snaked along George st. Colourful banners celebrating multiculturalism, body art, anti-racism stickers and Australian and international flags helped swell the crowd from an initial gathering of 1000 as shoppers and tourists joined the march. Chanting "Muslims are welcome, racists are not", the rally - with several hundred Lebanese-Australians - marched from Town Hall to Belmore Park, adjacent to Central station. Although designed as a show of peace and racial harmony, the rally was underpinned by a current of anger over the Federal Government policy it believed was "racist".
There we go, this was a chance for the Multicult to come out and bash all those racist Aussies.
Among those who turned out to decry the past week's violence were six people with Australian flags tied over their faces. The group - from refugee advocacy site Boatpeople.org - refused to say whether their action was linked to last Sunday's use of the flag in bashings of Middle-Eastern Australians. "We are not saying anything," organiser Deborah Kelly said. "You can draw your own conclusions." Fellow activist Teik Kim Pok said he was still distressed over last Sunday's events. "What happened last week is horrendous, but it's come at a time when Australia is still young," Mr Pok, 25. "We can cut ourselves some slack, but to say racism doesn't exist is bullshit." Their covered faces prevented them from signing a petition calling for 2GB to be stripped of its broadcasting licence. A parade of speakers from student bodies, fringe political parties and the Lebanese community all blamed 2GB "shock jocks" for inciting the violence. Muslim leader Keysar Trad said "the racist actions of one radio station" warranted unprecedented punishment. "Why is the Government not applying its sedition provisions against this radio station when it stirs up so much hatred," Mr Trad, of the Islamic Friendship Association, said. "These talkback radio stations seem to be nothing but a mouthpiece for our government." "All the time it's ramping up fears and winning the ratings."
So it all came down to a bunch of nutjobs and fringe leftist screaming about censorship and pushing the multicult way. Useful rally.

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