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Posted by on Dec 13, 2005 in At TMV | 0 comments

Sydney’s shame: Race riots down under

Coverage of the French riots was all the rage, at least until the riots died down and the story became, well, a non-story. But now there’s a new and similar story coming out of Australia, where riots are engulfing parts of Sydney and other areas of New South Wales:

Violence triggered by race tensions has hit Sydney for a second night, with youths damaging cars and shops.

A reporter in the suburb of Cronulla, where dozens were arrested after riots on Sunday, described scenes of “chaos”.

Police said carloads of people had come into the area from other parts of Sydney and committed violent acts. Australian Prime Minister John Howard condemned the weekend’s attacks by thousands of young white men on people of Arabic and Mediterranean background.

How lovely. Isn’t nationalism great?

For more on this story, including links to various articles in major Australian newspapers, see here.