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Sadly, the person I am most disappointed about the Cronulla Riots was Kevin Rudd. I know John Howard is a bigot (that much seems pathetically obvious). And I know Alan Jones spews ridiculous BS all of the time (he's paid to). I don't know, or much care, if the spiteful little man actually believes the nonsense and so long as the pay checks keeping rolling in and his ratings are up, probably, neither does he. I am, however, very disappointed in Kevin Rudd, because unlike John Howard and unlike shock-jock mouth pieces, like Jones, I actually (fool that I am) thought that Rudd was different. How anyone can support or condone comments at anytime that would paint an entire ethnic group as "rapists" and "thugs" whilst completely ignoring the crimes of their own community (white people never commit rape Alan? come on!) is beyond me. Despite such ridiculous, hateful and racist comments, Alan Jones still broadcasts, and since he has high ratings, Rudd seems to have no problem with being on his show. Sadly it may well be that Rudd is just another politician. Shame Kevin, I thought you were better than that. Do any of you lot have an integrity?
Both the Liberals and the Laborites are committed to implementing deeply unpopular right-wing economic reforms--exacerbating social inequality, eliminating job security, and driving down wages and living conditions. The two parties seek to deflect opposition to their agenda by fomenting racial divisions in order to channel the insecurity and disaffection felt by millions of ordinary people into deeply reactionary channels. At the most fundamental level, that is what caused Sunday's events.
Violence erupted on Sydney's beaches Sunday, following days of media provocation. Some 5,000 people rallied against so-called "Lebanese gangs", then attacked immigrants and Muslims, who had been accused over the past week of harassing beach-goers. More than 20 people were injured, and two were stabbed, in confrontations across a number of Sydney's eastern suburbs. About 100 cars were also vandalised.
Responsibility for the terrible clashes rests squarely with the federal Howard government and the state Labor government. Both administrations have cultivated a climate of nationalism, racism, and backwardness, without which Sunday's riot could not have occurred. The level of tension that has developed between young "Anglo" and "ethnic" Australians on Sydney's beaches is another malignant expression of the political establishment's attacks on "Middle Eastern gangs", refugees, and alleged "terrorists".
Tensions on the popular North Cronulla Beach escalated on December 4, when a lifesaver was allegedly assaulted by an 18-year-old man of Lebanese descent from the western working-class suburb of Bankstown. On December 7, a racist text message was sent to local residents, calling on every "Aussie" to get to the beach on Sunday, "to support Leb and wog bashing day. Bring your mates and let's show them that this is our beach and they are never welcome ... let's kill these boys."
Sunday morning, 5,000 predominantly young people gathered on the beach, waving Australian flags, and singing "Waltzing Matilda" and the national anthem. Extreme right-wing and neo-Nazi groups distributed literature among the crowd, many of whom were drunk. The mob chanted nationalist and racist slogans directed against Lebanese people.
People in the crowd then attacked anyone they found who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent or a Muslim. Numbers of young people visiting the beach were assaulted with fists, feet, and bottles. One woman had her head scarf torn off, and was forced to flee to the surf lifesaving club for protection. Two girls were also attacked, to shouts of "Kill the Leb b----s" from the crowd.
Dozens of thugs stormed the local train station and viciously attacked two men. Ambulance officers trying to help the injured were also attacked, and beer bottles thrown at their vehicles. Police vehicles were targeted as well. Drunken teenagers reportedly roamed the streets surrounding North Cronulla Beach, coordinating their attacks with walkie talkies.
"They threw bottles, broken bottles, food, anything they could get their hands on," 19-year old Mustafa, one of the victims, told the Sydney Morning Herald. "And what were we doing? We were there for a swim." Local resident Sarah Id, 17, is the child of Lebanese immigrants. "We had to get out because everyone was telling us to go home," she told the Herald. "They were saying, 'You don't belong here.' We were born here and went to Jannali High ."