Week 50 ~ X is for Xenophobia

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Walking
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The ugly face of Australian racism.

cronulla_wideweb__470x313,0The 2005 Cronulla riots were a series of clashes and outbreaks of mob violence in Australia on 11 December 2005 in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla.

Racial tensions were already prevalent between local caucasian and middle eastern Australians due to earlier altercations between groups.

A crowd gathered at Cronulla on the morning of Sunday, 11 December 2005 and, by midday, approximately 5,000 people had gathered near the beach to protest against recent violence towards locals. However, fuelled by alcohol, the crowd turned to violence when a young man of Arab appearance was spotted on the beach. He was surrounded by a crowd outside a local hotel and attacked, along with similar attacks later that day. Retaliatory attacks also took place that night and on subsequent nights, resulting in extensive property damage and several more assaults, including two separate, racially motivated stabbings and even some attacks against ambulance and police officers.

The attacks were widely condemned by local, state and federal members of parliament, police, local community leaders, and residents of Cronulla and adjacent areas. A large number of arrests were made over the subsequent months, from both the initial riot on 11 December and the retaliations over the subsequent nights.

10 years on and a rally was planned to remember the riots.
We thought it might be an opportune time to reflect on the violence and racism surrounding this event, so we went to Cronulla for a swim and a looksee.

Dick heads the lot of them.

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