Riots in Sydney

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Mar 4 2005 09:30
Riots in Sydney

There have been 4 nights of rioting in Sydney. The British media have finally caught up, from todays Telegraph:

Joyrider deaths trigger four nights of rioting in grim Sydney suburb

By Nick Squires in Macquarie Fields

(Filed: 04/03/2005)

A depressed Sydney suburb has erupted into violence after two teenage joyriders died in a police chase.

The trouble in the Macquarie Fields district - reminiscent of street warfare in British inner city areas in the 1980s - has shocked Australians, unused to serious urban unrest.

Race, one of the ingredients in the riots in Brixton and Toxteth 20 years ago, is not an issue in Macquarie Fields. But poverty and social discontent are.

An air of hostility hung over the district yesterday. Police cars were patrolling the streets and officers were watching the home of Jesse Kelly, 20, the alleged driver of the car which crashed after a police chase last week.

Matt Robertson, 19, and Dylan Raywood, 17, died last Friday when the stolen car they were travelling in hit a tree at 100mph as they were being pursued by police along Eucalyptus Drive.

Their deaths provoked four nights of rioting in which about 200 youths went on the rampage, hurling petrol bombs, fireworks and rocks at police in riot gear.

Several officers were injured, cars were set on fire and huge crowds gathered to watch the street battles.

Police arrested 27 people and charged them with rioting, assault and affray.

Threats of revenge against the police were daubed in red paint on fences and walls, including "Cops kill kids" and "These f***ing pig dogs will pay". The tree which the teenagers hit has become a shrine, covered in flowers, cards, and calls for vengeance. "We will get them," one card warned.

The riots in Macquarie Fields followed similar violence in the inner-city suburb of Redfern last year, after a 17-year-old Aboriginal boy who believed he was being chased by police crashed his bicycle and impaled himself on a fence post. He died in hospital.

While much of Australia rides the coat-tails of a 14-year economic boom, for a growing under-class the Australian dream has soured.

When it was built in the 1970s Macquarie Fields was touted as a model suburb. But the palm trees mask welfare dependency, broken homes, drug addiction and lawlessness.

Unemployment among school leavers is 25 per cent, five times the national average. Crime is rife and the burglary rate twice the average for New South Wales.

"Life here is putrid," said Bob Clarke, a resident of 32 years. "What's here for kids? Nothing. Why wouldn't they go off the rails?"

The local mayor, Brenton Banfield, said: "Over the years the people with get-up-and-go have got up and left. The most disadvantaged stayed. As the years have gone on it has only got worse."

Many locals accuse the police of escalating the situation by acting with brutality.

"The way the police treat people around here is disgusting," Colin Reck, 53, on a disability pension, said. "They assume that everyone is a druggie and whenever there's trouble they go in, boots 'n' all."

Kylie Hume, 24, a single mother, dismisses such accusations. "The police are just doing their job. This talk of provocation is bull."

Bob Carr, the premier of New South Wales, said there was no excuse for lawlessness. He added: "A lot of people grow up with social disadvantage but they don't go out and fling bricks at police and create fires and make Molotov cocktails."

ftony
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Mar 4 2005 09:59

where did this story come from? i'd like to know more

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Mar 4 2005 10:01
LeonardfromLeominster wrote:
from todays Telegraph:

More:

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/newsfeed/?search=riots&x=14&y=7&name=Australia

ftony
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Mar 4 2005 10:04

oh yeah embarrassed

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Mar 4 2005 10:06

Or here http://search.abc.net.au/search/search.cgi?collection=abcall&form=simple&num_ranks=20&query=Sydney+riots

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Mar 6 2005 02:11
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The riots in Macquarie Fields followed similar violence in the inner-city suburb of Redfern last year, after a 17-year-old Aboriginal boy who believed he was being chased by police crashed his bicycle and impaled himself on a fence post. He died in hospital.

I rmember seeing something on TV about that! It was really fucked up! The kid smoke a little dope and sometimes got in fights but the police hated him! And they had this sound clip from some Aus radio station saying how stupid and pathetic the natives are and insulted them live on air. They also had this old woman who the BBC was interviewing at the time saying about how the cops are so fucked up and rascist, and just as they were filmin, the police busted down her door and searched the place without even asking or speaking to her once. The riots were crazy though! Tsch.

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Mar 10 2005 23:44

Class War australia are now receiving some of the balme for tehse riots!

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Mar 11 2005 10:45
gawkrodger wrote:
Class War australia are now receiving some of the balme for tehse riots!

Ha ha what that one guy and his kid? grin grin

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Mar 17 2006 04:38

It's no joke...

sad

[Oh, and I just realised that that comment was made in March 2005!]

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Mar 17 2006 07:56
@ndy wrote:
It's no joke...

sad

[Oh, and I just realised that that comment was made in March 2005!]

Yeah we get very little news and info from Oz - hopefully this will change now!