Police and media have converged on the Sydney suburb of Cronulla on the 10th anniversary of violent race riots, outnumbering a group of self-described patriots attending a “halal-totally free” barbecue.
More than a hundred officers are on standby to guard against any outbreak of violence, soon after the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court in Sydney each created rulings to stop a rally commemorating the riots getting held.
Celebration for Freedom chairman Nicholas Folkes was ordered not to hold a “memorial” rally on the grounds that it would stir up racial hatred.
He branded the choices “sharia” law just before pledging to hold the “halal-free of charge” barbecue.
Today, about 50 supporters of a self-described patriots organisation gathered near the suburb’s sand dunes for the meal, which integrated a pig on a spit-roast.
On December 11 2005, racial tensions in the region exploded when Middle Easterners and other men and women of non-Anglo appearance had been set upon by crowds of white Australians, several of whom had been drinking heavily.
The bloody weekend shocked Australians of all backgrounds, leading to years of soul-browsing and community applications aimed at mending bridges among Sydney’s communities.
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