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Posted by on Dec 12, 2005 in At TMV | 0 comments

UPDATED: Race Riots in Australia

From the New York Times:

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — In one of Australia’s worst outbursts of racial violence, thousands of drunken white youths attacked police and people they believed were of Arab descent at a Sydney beach, angered by reports that Lebanese youths had assaulted two lifeguards.

Young men of Arab descent retaliated in several Sydney suburbs, fighting with police and smashing 40 cars with sticks and bats, police said. Thirty-one people were injured and 16 were arrested in hours of violence Sunday.

The city was calm Monday, and police formed a strike force to track down the instigators, some of whom were believed to be from white supremacist groups…

MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney has experienced a second night of race riots.