Sydney, Sunday 18 December 2005
The rally started at Town Hall Square at 1.00 pm
7000 people marched down George Street to Belmore Park where a concert
was held. Organised by the National Union of Students on about four
day's notice, mostly by email, the event was the first large-scale response
by progressives to the Howard Liberal government and white supremicist-inspired
anti-Lebanese and immigrant riot at Cronulla beach a week before. It
was addressed by Lebanese Muslim and student representatives as well
as Labor Party state MP Linda Burnie and state upper house Greens MP,
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at Town Hall Square.
reproduced the image from the Sydney Morning Herald of a man of Middle
Eastern appearance being assaulted by an Anglo-Celtic mob at Cronulla
Beach. The man was later rescued by a courageous police officer who
held the mob at bay with a can of capsicum spray. "Ethnic Gang"
is an ironic reference to the fact that the media almost invariably
refer to groups of young men of other than the Anglo-Celtic descent
as "ethnic gangs", but never describe even criminal groups
of the majority Anglo-Celts in the same way. Even the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation has lately adopted this shameful practice.
on ignorant, blind "patriotism".
down George Street through the crowded cinema district. In the middle
ground, the Aboriginal flag.
is the enemy within". Indeed.
the right-wing talk-back radio "shock jock" a particular
favourite of Prime Minister John Howard spent some days inciting
racist redneck elements in the lead-up to the Cronulla pogrom. He was
assisted by other radio "personalities" from station 2GB which
is owned by Labor Party-aligned media mogul John Singleton. Jones' role
in fomenting the attacks on "Lebs and wogs" on Sunday 11 December
clearly falls under the Howard Government's new anti-sedition laws but
he is most unlikely to be prosecuted by his patron.
that the Labor Party has lined up with the Howard government's reactionary
"anti-terrorism" and sedition laws.
Why John Howard needs the sedition laws
these new laws IR, terrorism, sedition are driven by an
intuitive dread. Howard feels in his bones that turbulent and disastrous
times are upon us and hes arming himself with draconian laws to
keep his capitalist friends rich and his party in power.