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cronulla boiled over (Sunday December 11th, 2005 - 17:40)

category: mmhuh?

One of the hardest things about being a pacifist is having a hopeful heart. If the police put warnings out in the news to avoid a particular area due to potential unrest then you find yourself hoping that everyone listens, calms down, realises there are better ways to solve whatever problems there are, and gets on with life. You believe in that, until you see the nightly news.

Tonight they showed thousands of people gathered at Cronulla in Sydney’s south, drinking beer, chanting racist statements, waving Australian flags, yelling “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” and pelting bottles at police walking beside an Ambulance taking out the riot casualties. The race riot was prompted as retaliation for the attack on two surf lifeguards the other week, and apparent ill-feelings within the community.

I realise this eruption is a result of numerous groups of people and various grievances but it’s turned in to a gang mentality: our group is bigger than yours.. until the next week when the other side have gathered some more team members and the numbers are reversed. Watching the news footage I can’t help but think that a large number of people there today were just in it for a bit of a punch-up and show-and-tell.

For goodness sake, regardless or where you are, respect the police and ambulance workers because you might be needing them next.

3 comments to “cronulla boiled over”
scot said on December 11th, 2005 at 9:51 pm:

Was this White Pride day or what?

The biggest showing of fascism since the 1940’s?

Hmmm, Such UNaustralian behaviour…makes me sick to feel that them and I share the same heritage…especially after the (false) unity of a world cup entry.

Its Amazing how quick so many can find an excuse to exert racist tendencies and bring out the worst…

Fuck them, ignorance is to blame once again, and that involves all sides.

lostmusic said on December 12th, 2005 at 1:11 am:

ignorance is key. I don’t know a whole heap about Australia and it’s history with regard to stuff like this. As always, education is the key. Just read more on the SMH site. Man, this stuff always you think bad of the human race. PEACE.

KateOnTheGo said on December 12th, 2005 at 4:18 pm:

I had the unfortunate “pleasure” of being in Cronulla yesterday. Half of the people in Cronulla yesterday werent even from the area. Due to the highly publicised “email” that went around (communicated later in the week by the papers), every moron wanting a fight turned out for it. I’m embarassed for our country.

See my pics on my website for first hand experience.