Skip to comments.Race Riot Fears Turns Bondi Into No-Go Zone (Sydney)
Posted on 12/16/2005 6:25:11 PM PST by blam
Race riot fears turn Bondi into no-go zone
By Nick Squires In Sydney
Australian police warned visitors to stay away from Bondi and other famous beaches in Sydney this weekend amid fears of another flare-up of race violence between gangs of white and Middle Eastern youths.
The warning, unprecedented in a country in which the beach forms a central part of the national psyche, extended to two other cities in New South Wales.
A young surfer carries her board outside a Sydney surf club
Bondi was declared a virtual no-go zone for the weekend, along with other popular beaches such as Maroubra, the home of a notorious surfer gang.
"We have intelligence that people are intending to conduct themselves in a riotous manner armed with various weapons - baseball bats, poles and the like - and it is my intention to keep those communities safe," said Mark Goodwin, the assistant commissioner of New South Wales police.
Racist text messages and e-mails have been circulating all week calling for "war" between the two sides.
One circulating among Middle Eastern groups read: "Wake up, oh lions of Lebanon, we are the kings of the jungle."
Tension between "Anglos" and "Lebs" has been brewing for years but this is the first time it has erupted into violence on such a large scale.
Up to 1,500 police, triple the current number on the beat, will be on the streets today and 2,000 tomorrow.
"There will be lock-down areas. There will be areas where alcohol cannot be consumed or purchased," Carl Scully, the police minister, said.
"There will be roadblocks and cars confiscated and people arrested. It will be zero tolerance. We will not put up with any nonsense."
Police said a command centre had been established on the same lines as if Sydney faced a "terrorist threat".
Lebanese community leaders have held peace talks with surfers, with both calling for an end to the violence.
Celebrities including the actors Cate Blanchett and Bryan Brown have called for tolerance. Speaking on a Sydney beach, Miss Blanchett said: "Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned. We should not turn a blind eye to them."
Australia's tabloid press and phone-in radio stations have been accused of stoking the violence.
"Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned. We should not turn a blind eye to them."
OK. But where were these people, and the extra police,
when there was excessive violence for years directed against ordinary
people by Lebanese gangs?
when the police gave up on trying to control the gangs, they left law and order in the hands of the mob. And a mob is what they got.
It's up to the Aussies to determine whether the 'blessings' of multi-cultureism are worth having the Lebonese do to Austrialia, what they did to Lebanon.
Why would a person flee a cesspool country (Mexico, Lebanon, ect) and try to make a BETTER country (USA, Austrailia .... even France) into the very cesspool they fled? Is stupidity in their genes, or is it simply a culture that should be extermianted?
The officials also REMOVED handguns from the common man; so the average man has no defence from these thugs.
An armed society, is a polite society.
This is about religion and culture, it is not about racism.
"Celebrities including the actors Cate Blanchett and Bryan Brown have called for tolerance."
Oh well, that settles it then. It'll be just like the gangs magically dispersing when Michael Jackson moonwalked between the two and wiggled his perverted behind in the "Beat It" video.
What a relief.
I will only be disappointed if the "Anglos" lie down and take it. But I think the Aussies will give a good accounting of themselves before this is through.
I guess I'm not a common man - as I'm sitting in Australia with a gun at my waist.
Let me know if you need some 'essentials'.
Emailed some Aussie friends and suggested a Koran pig roast at the beach.
Moose should appreciate that.
Good for you mate. I read your description yesterday of Americans' misunderstanding of the Aussie laws and that you all are not disarmed. Comforting to read...keep a stiff upper lip.
Thank goodness we yanks are too bright to allow millions of bitter foreigners to sneak into our country and set up hostile enclaves.
Good hunting, mate.
Forgot the sarcasm tag?
The press reports here state that the Austrailian gov't ceased .22 rifles, handguns, shotguns ... ect. ect. ect.
Is this information wrong? Or, do you have a special permit for our handgun? From what I read, over 60% of all weapons were forcibly removed from the private citizen. Is this untrue?
I'm up here in Texas, where we are LEGALLY ENTITLED to blow a person to kingdom-come for walking in an unlocked door of our home. If we see someone stealing something out of our car; he'd better be able to out run a .45 or 9mm. We lead the nation in killin' killers; and are darn proud of it. It's one of the things I love most about living here; because there is no pity-party for the criminals.
Yes, basically, it is untrue. Australia's gun laws have been seriously exagerated by some people. They're not good by any means - there are some real problems. But we can own quite a wide range of firearms.
Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, after the Port Arthur Massacre, the states of Australia reassessed all of their gun laws, and some of these laws were tightened. There were a lot of stories around about how extreme these laws were going to be, but what were actually introduced were nowhere near as harsh as some people claimed.
A fair number of people had to get new higher level licences to continue to own their firearms - a basic gun licence was no longer enough - but most people could get those licences if they wanted to. Some people couldn't - generally people with old criminal records (in Australia criminal records over ten years old generally don't affect you anymore unless you reoffend - but they do effect whether you can have a high level gun licence - so some people with old convictions who could have basic licences reportedly couldn't get advanced ones). Some people chose not to get the higher level licences though they could have. Because at the same time as the laws were changed, Australia had a gun buyback where the Federal Government paid for virtually any weapons people wanted to hand in. A lot of people chose to hand in weapons they could have kept for various reasons. Some people used the cash from the buyback to buy new weapons.
Altogether about 640,000 guns were handed in - most were guns people could have kept, but they decided they'd rather have the cash - people like my elderly neighbour who hadn't been hunting in over a decade, for example - he got me to hand his guns in and took the money. A small number were weapons people couldn't keep - but only a small number.
There are still millions of legally held firearms in private hands in Australia.
Basically, the way it is here, is that it's easy to get a basic longarm licence - for a basic rifle or shotgun. If you want anything more powerful, or you want a handgun, you do need a higher level licence and that's a bit harder to get - it takes more paperwork, basically - but it's still not that hard. Getting fully automatic weapons and the like - that starts to get difficult, but it's actually possible.
My licences are nothing unusual - until recently I did have a special permit for the handguns that most people couldn't get (I had a military permit, basically), but I decided to get a civil licence to replace it.
I'm a Yank staying at Bondi Beach for several weeks. Can I purchase a weapon for protection? If so, where? The police presence today was stifling. I saw numerous groups of Muslims walking the boardwalk looking for trouble. The government is in total denial.
Basically, no - you're not a citizen nor a permanent resident, so you're not legally eligible to own firearms in Australia.
Thanks for the clarification!!!
I know it's hard to imagine, but the press does manage to show a bit of bias every now and then < /sarcasm off>. It's wonderful to get the news direct from the source.
I do hope that Austrailia doesn't got the route of Great Britian; and punish those who use their legally obtained weapons to protect their property. I'm sure you are aware of the farmer who shot and killed a burglar; and is now serving serveral years in jail for having the backbone to protect his property.
Here in Texas; you go into another man's house at your own risk. All the police ask, is that when they arrive the body be found inside the house. Generally, this means shooting the person, and if they crawl out on the front lawn; you drag the carcass back in. It makes the paperwork shorter that way.
Of course, if this person turns out to be someone you know and have had a bout with; that may take some more explaining; but generally entering someone's home (forcibly, or just walking through an open door) is grounds for justifiable homicide.
A well armed society, is a polite society.
So I will cower in my flat and hope that the police with keep the Muslim extremists in check. Not good for tourism. Yet tonight, I watch 7 news and they headline white extremists without mentioning the muslims caught with gasoline bombs on the Sydney bus to Bondi Beach on Sunday. The media here is far worse than in the U.S.