Skip to comments.Race riots shame Australia
Posted on 12/15/2005 3:05:00 PM PST by Mulch
Race riots shame Australia By: Khalid A-H Ansari December 14, 2005 A man threatens police at Cronulla Beach in Sydney AP Photo Sydney: What started as a seemingly innocuous face-off between two innocent Lebanese youths and a group of white right-wing Australians on a suburban Sydney beachfront last Sunday has reached a flashpoint, which has shaken the very foundations of Australias multicultural society.
The incident sparked off a retaliatory rampage by gangs of incensed Middle Easterners, brandishing handguns and rifles on a third night of violence and mob rule in Cronulla, Maroubra and Brighton le Sands that saw women molested, innocent residents and motorists terrorised, and cars and shops vandalised by hit-and-run guerilla tactics.
The riots have created panic among residents of the beachfront, many of whom are contemplating relocating since they no longer feel safe. A national television survey revealed yesterday that 76 per cent of the respondents felt the violence would continue.
Last night Sydney police, reinforced by state units, were in a state of readiness for more trouble, a sign on a wall proclaiming: The war has just begun.
Even as state premier Morris Iemma described the rioters as rat bags and criminals, the state parliament was recalled for an emergency sitting aimed at arming police with wider powers, similar to those during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
The wave of attacks was fuelled by a series of text messages urging violence against men and women of Middle Eastern appearance by a 5,000-strong crowd at Cronulla.
A separate series of text messages urges locals to defend Sydneys suburban beach strip. It is generally believed Lebanese gangs (louts according to some) of the area have been intent on making Cronulla beach their own private ethnic enclave.
While white supremist groups admitted involvement in the riots, political, religious and community leaders unanimously condemned Sundays senseless violence.
Far-Right groups accused of links to neo-Nazis have admitted mobilising more than 100 people to join the mob of drunken people on the rampage in Cronulla.
Three ultra-right wing organisations Australia First, the Patriotic Youth League and the skinhead group Blood and Honour are accused of handing out pamphlets at the rally.
Residents of the area and neighbouring suburbs continue to seethe with anger and police are bracing themselves for a renewed bout of fighting next Sunday.
Mobile phone text messages have been sent out calling upon Aussies and Arabs to avenge the injuries and bruised egos of last Sundays riot, described by Iemma as the ugly face of racism, which saw more than 20 people injured and 16 arrested.
Prime Minister John Howard was forced rather belatedly to reject suggestions that government warnings about homegrown terrorists fuelled the rampage, even as academics blamed talkback radio and the influence of Pauline Hansons now defunct One Nation party, even 9/11, the Middle East and Bali.
In the words of Ken Moroney, NSW Police Commissioner: We have witnessed among the worst violence that I have ever seen in my policing service of 40 years. Never in my working life did I ever imagine a drunken mob turning on a woman, an innocent woman, who happened to stray on their path.
There is a point of view that places blame for the riots at the feet of Howards support for the coalition war on Iraq.
Even as Howard denied there is underlying racism in Australia (however, he warned of the dangers of tribalism), historians, social scientists and political commentators agree that the riots are indicative of deep social divisions that have simmered under the surface for a long time.
As tension between rival ethnic groups escalated in a series of late-night revenge attacks on white Australian males, Sydney exploded into a second, then a third night of race warfare.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald: Sundays images of young mates, full of alcohol, beating up a luckless few while the sun shone and the surf rolled into was a trip into the dark side of the Australian Dream. The shining image of Australia being an egalitarian, multicultural, tolerant, laidback society has been seriously dented.
The riots have caused national soul-searching regarding what has come to be known as the Australian way of life.
While lambasting the drunken white rioters, whom it describes as thugs, The Australian, the countrys only national daily newspaper laments: After half a century of welcoming millions of migrants from all over the world, the Cronulla riot is a stain on our national standard, and all it stands for.
However, the most succinct, if simplistic, analysis came from a website reader. In my mind, he wrote, it is not a case of Australians versus Lebanese merely idiots versus idiots.
An Aussie cop provides some insight:
What's shameful is the MSM coverage, both in Australia and here.
I'm shocked ... shocked I tell you, that this reporter, Khalid A-H Ansari, didn't mention Islam or Muslims, not once.
But Lebanese Muslim men who rape Australian women don't shame Lebanon.
This is what I was hearing on Aussie morning radio. 2UE Southern Cross
Just in case anyone wants to contact this slug personally to praise his objective journalism his email is email@example.com
"What started as a seemingly innocuous face-off between two innocent Lebanese youths and a group of white right-wing Australians on a suburban Sydney beachfront last Sunday has reached a flashpoint, which has shaken the very foundations of Australias multicultural society."
Impossible. Unless there is more 'there' there--and there is.
That's because it appears impossible to shame Muslims.
shame is overrated.
The media seem to be rushing out everywhere and hiring Muslim reporters.
They will live to regret it.
One of these things is not like the others...
Methinks he doth protest too much.
France should have been so Shamed, hooray for the Aussies, they will never catch a break from the press but the truth is the real issue and taking back their own land from these lowlifes
Islam is not a race.
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