Violence en Australie janvier 2009

manly-nina470Yesterday’s incident at The Corso in Manly, including a picture of a young woman who was distressed after the car she was in had its window smashed.Pictures: Nina Burridge

Violence marrs Australia‘s national day celebrations

Each January 26, Australians gather in parks and on beaches to celebrate all that is great about their country: mateship, sunshine, barbecues and free-flowing beer.

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney

27 Jan 2009

But this year, across the country’s most populous state, the day of national pride turned violent when groups of youths rampaged through suburbs targetting non-white shopkeepers in a display of racism that echoed the ugly scenes of the 2005 Cronulla riots.

In the affluent Sydney suburb of Manly, where hundreds of families had set up their picnics for the day, more than 100 shirtless young men draped in « Aussie pride » flags smashed car windows and vandalised shops.

Carrying signs that read « —- off we’re full », they paraded up and down the seafron threatening bypassers.

One 18-year-old Asian woman was injured when the gang smashed her car window, showering her in glass and causing several cuts to her arms.

There were also reports that the group attacked a taxi driven by an Indian Sikh and an Asian shopkeeper.

In scenes reminiscent of the Cronulla riots, when 5,000 white Australians congregated in the Sydney beachfront suburb and attacked Lebanese immigrants, groups of men jumped on cars that were stopped at traffic lights and chanted racist slogans to the terrified passengers.

At one point the gang was reportedly heard singing « lets go —- with these Lebs ».

Jean Hay, the mayor of Manly, said the youths came from the north-west of Sydney and were not Manly residents.

The unrest was brought under control by the late afternoon. Police charged a 16-year-old for assaulting police and three others were cautioned for offensive and dangerous behaviour.

The violence in Manly was mirrored in the coastal towns of Shellharbour to Sydney‘s south and Port Macquarie to the north. Fights were also reported as far north as Queensland‘s Gold Coast, where hundreds of teenagers clashed on a popular family beach.

Manly ‘morons’ rampage was racist: academic

Georgina Robinson
January 27, 20093:31PM

Manly Council and local police have their « heads in the sand » if they believe racism had nothing to do with angry scenes in the northern beaches suburb yesterday, an academic says.

Mayor Jean Hay and police commander Dave Darcy were today hosing down accusations that a group of about 80 drunk teenagers who ran chanting and yelling through the town centre wrapped in flags were targeting ethnic Australians.

But Manly resident Nina Burridge, who was at The Corso when the celebrations turned ugly and has studied ethno-cultural diversity in communities, said there was no question the youths’ taunts and cheers were racially motivated.

« It was a mix of hoodlums who had obviously been drinking as well but, to me, there was also an underlying element of racism dressed up as nationalism, » Dr Burridge, a senior lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, said.

« When they were gathering on the [oceanside] beachfront, that’s when they were screaming out ‘If you’re Aussie and you know it clap your hands’ and ‘If you’re white and you know it clap your hands’. »

Dr Burridge said an 18-year-old woman was traumatised when three teenagers jumped on the car she was in and smashed two windows.

The youths went on to jump over other cars and damage shop awnings as they ran through the area chanting « Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi » and « Aussie pride ».

« When I was on the beach there was a bunch of them … and these are teenagers -15, 16-year-olds – with slogans on their backs and postcodes with Penrith and Londonderry, » she said.

Premier Nathan Rees today condemned the mob’s « absolutely reprehensible » behaviour.

« To use an Australian symbol or the Australian flag to promote racism is to fail to understand what those symbols mean. This kind of bigoted behaviour has no place in NSW, » Mr Rees said.

But Commander Darcy from Manly Local Area Command said the group, most of whom were not from the area, were no worse than a rowdy « old cricket crowd ».

« To suggest that there were racial overtones there is, I think, way over the top, » he said.

« I personally gave them a good looking over, just assessing them. There was an intensity there that no doubt would be confronting to some but at that stage they hadn’t crossed the threshold of criminality. »

Dr Burridge said northern beaches authorities needed to be proactive about preventing further ugly scenes and an incident similar to the Cronulla riots.

« If the Mayor of Manly Jean Hay and if the local police try and say there [was no racism involved] that’s actually putting their heads in the sand, » she said.

« They’re downplaying the presence of some really ugly elements in there. »

Cr Hay said it was unfortunate a small group of « morons » had to ruin the day for the estimated 10,000 people who celebrated in Manly.

Festivities marred as mobs go on rampages


27/01/2009 1:00:00 AM

Violence and ugly portrayals of patriotism have marred Australia Day celebrations across NSW and in Queensland.

A group of 80 young people paced up and down the pedestrian corso of Sydney’s northern beachside suburb of Manly with their shirts off and some draped in Australian flags.

Local police and the riot squad rushed to the area about 2.30pm and arrested five 16-year-old boys before the mob dispersed nearly two hours later.

 »We had a group of people from another location that came into Manly. They were very exuberant and loud and chanting the Aussie slogan [Aussie, Aussie Aussie … oi, oi oi], » NSW Police Superintendent Dave Darcy said.

The group walked up and down the 300m-long corso several times but things turned ugly when they jumped up and down on cars that were stopped at a traffic light.

A teenage girl suffered minor injuries when three people jumped onto the roof of one car, causing the back window to explode and shower her with glass.

Two males jumped on the roof and bonnet on another car and police were told others did the same to a taxi but no one was caught in the act.

 »There were some instances where cars were damaged and we’re investigating them, » Superintendent Darcy said.

Police said a local shopkeeper caught two 16-year-old boys shoplifting and detained them. A struggle ensued but arriving police who arrested the pair released them with a caution after the man refused to give a statement to the officers.

Another youth was arrested and cautioned for offensive behaviour at Manly beach and two others were arrested for fighting. All three were aged 16.

Superintendent Darcy said the incident was exuberance gone wrong by a handful of people and the assaults were not racially motivated.

At Sutherland train station, in Sydney’s south, a brawl erupted about 5pm, which resulted in one arrest and minor injuries to two people. Police also attended an unruly crowd about 5.30pm at Lake Ainsworth, near Byron Bay on NSW’s far north coast.

Riot police called in as Australia Day celebrations turn ugly

Posted Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:43pm AEDT
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:32am AEDT

The police riot squad was called in after up to 80 drunk young people rioted on Manly’s Corso. (ABC News)

Australia Day celebrations took a turn for the worse when a crowd of teenagers clashed with police in the Sydney suburb of Manly.

The police riot squad was called in yesterday afternoon when up to 80 drunk young people jumped on top of cars and smashed windows as they ran up and down Manly’s Corso.

One girl received cuts after some of the people involved smashed her car window, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Despite reports that some teenagers yelled racial abuse, the police say the group were boisterous and patriotic but not racist.

Locals say the rowdy behaviour of the group was not indicative of the area.

Manly mayor Jean Hay says it was a rare incident for the area.

« I do not believe for one moment that this would have been racially motivated because we’ve never had any problems like that down here ever in the past, » she said.

Police say most of the group were from the Hawkesbury area and they are now trying to identify who was involved.

Councillor Hay says the alleged racist behaviour does not represent the area.

She says the group’s behaviour marred an otherwise good-natured celebration.

« From what I can gather these youths, somewhere between 50 and 80 of them, came from the Windsor area and caused these problems, » she said.

« As I say this is an isolated incident and fortunately we don’t see that type of thing happening down here normally. »

Echoing the mayor’s comments, Police said they were generally pleased with the crowds of people celebrating Australia day in Manly.

Celebrations also got out of hand on Queensland‘s Gold Coast with a massive brawl erupting.

Police say about 1,000 people were involved in the fight at Burleigh Heads which started at 3:30pm AEST.

They have charged one man with affray and are searching for another.

Officers had to call for reinforcements but it is understood no weapons were involved and no-one was injured.

Racist violence on Australia Day

27 janvier 2009

IT was a day to celebrate all things Australian but it quickly descended into an afternoon of violence and racism echoing the ugly stain of the 2005 Cronulla riots in NSW.

Once the embodiment of all things good about the country, Australia Day today became a scene of brawls and vandalism across NSW – with anger spreading from Shellharbour in the south to Port Macquarie in the north, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Wild brawls were also reported on the Gold Coast at Burleigh Beach, with hundreds of teenagers coming together in a series of violent confrontation on the popular family beach.

The brawls occurred at about 3pm and a heavy police presence was on hand.  Several arrests were made.

In the Sydney subrub of Manly, hundreds of youths draped in « Aussie pride » livery wore slogans declaring « f–k off we’re full » as they smashed car windows and ran up the famous Corso targeting non-white shop keepers.

A 18-year-old Asian female in one of the cars was showered with shattered glass, giving her numerous cuts to her arms. She was treated on the scene by ambulance officers.

A taxi driven by a Sikh Indian was also targeted while an Asian shopkeeper was reportedly assaulted.

Groups of men jumped up on cars chanting race hate to the terrified passengers within, and were heard singing « tits out for the boys » at passing girls and yelled « lets go f–k with these Lebs ».

What started as chants of « Aussie Aussie Aussie » at 1pm (AEDT) had in an hour had developed the potential to resemble Cronulla Beach in 2005.

By 3.30pm (AEDT) Manly Police called in the public order and riot squad and PolAir in an attempt to control the crowd, made up of a core group of troublemakers estimated by police about 80 drunks teenagers from out of town.

By 4.30pm (AEDT) the rain came and the cooled tensions as police began to regain control.

By the end three cars were damaged, one 16-year-old boy was charged with assaulting police, two 16-year-olds were cautioned for offensive behaviour and one cautioned for jumping into the water infront of the ferry.

Manly Superintendent Dave Darcy said group of teens came in from out of town.

« We are significantly ramping up our investigative response and we’re determined to hold these people to account for their behaviour, » he said.

« We’ve brought in some police from the areas where these people are from with their local knowledge in identifying these people.

« If they came over to manly seeking anonymity for their behaviour they’re sadly mistaken. »

Police were called to a report of a 30-person brawl on Shelly Beach Road at Port Macquarie while another 30 people were reportedly fighting on Towns St in Shellbarbour.

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