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Aboriginal riots in Sydney injure 40 police

Anna Marshall

Years of pandering to Aboriginals with massive welfare payments and special privileges while simultaneously fuelling their resentment by dwelling on past grievances, blew up in the faces of the social engineers, do-gooders and the politically correct elites on a hot February night in 2004 in the Aboriginal ghetto of Redfern when a horde of rampaging, rioting  Aboriginals torched the Redfern railway station and then set about assaulting police with bricks, bottles and fire-bombs.

Bomb burst


Is this Baghdad or the Gaza Strip? No - it is Sydney, Australia. A fiery missile aimed by Aboriginal rioters explodes in the middle of the police line.

Redfern molotovA rioter hurls a Molotov cocktail at police

Injured police officer

An injured policeman is tended by colleagues

Redfern poster

The inflammatory poster that helped spark the riots

Tension began building following the accidental death of an Aboriginal youth on the morning of Sunday 15 February. Riding his bicycle in a reckless manner, he fell off and impaled himself on a fence. Rumours spread like wildfire through the ghetto that the youth died in a police pursuit, a claim the police deny. Posters sprang up calling the police child murderers.  Groups of Aboriginals started preparing Molotov cocktails and filling wheelie bins with bricks, paving slabs and bottles.

Full scale rioting broke out after dark. It was not quelled until the early hours of Monday morning by which time, reportedly eight police were hospitalised and another forty injured.

The politically correct pandering to Aboriginals is one of the root causes of their tragic state. Many Aboriginals feel they are not accountable for their actions or responsible for their lives.

In most cases they are beyond the law - and they know it. The police were too timid in quelling the riot because they knew would be accused of racism if they acted decisively. They allowed the rioters to advance to within metres of them to throw brick, bottles and even Molotov cocktails. No wonder so many police were injured.

Far from denouncing the riot, many of the ghetto's residents hailed it as a success.

About 150 residents gathered in Pemulway Park next day to hear Aboriginal leader Lyall Munro urge even more violence. Residents cheered and whistled approval when Munro, using a megaphone, said "the streets were taken by our young people and we are all proud."

Munro warned that Redfern could become the next Brixton, the scene of violent race riots in the UK. "If Palestinian kids can fight war tanks with sling shots, our kids can do the same", Munro said.

If this is the voice of Aboriginal leadership, what hope have the kids got?


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