A decade on from the Cronulla riots, the memories are still fresh for SBS's David King. The 2005 Cronulla riots was a civil conflict in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Must be at North Cronulla Park. Cronulla Riots on December 11 2005 Aussie Pride? A t the time of Cronulla Riots broke in Sydney in 2005, among the surf life served and groups of Lebanese young me. #BCM206; #BCM111; #BCM110; Journalism; About; Contact; Open Search ‘Cronulla Riots: The Day That Shocked The Nation’ – JRNL102 Convergent Website. December 12, 2005. The story of the Cronulla Riots will be told through a series of predominantly Lebanese testimonials from those who participated, observed or were affected by the events that unfolded over 10 days. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. At 2:40 p.m., two students from Bangladesh sped away in a Honda Prelude, after being surrounded by an angry group of people. Now, Ali is a national champion in the sport and an integral part of the Wanda Surf club in Cronulla. Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Please select the editions you would like to sign up to. The Cronulla riots were the result of boiling community tensions ignited up when a group of surf lifesavers were attacked by a group of young Middle Eastern men on December 4. Cronulla Riots memorial - a time to reflect." Image: Cronulla Riots Fairfax Media/Andrew Meares. A man tries to hit police with a beer bottle during last year's race riots at Cronulla Beach, Sydney. Or Aussie disgrace? Fri 20 Oct 2006 07.11 EDT. The Cronulla riots made news around the world and warnings about travelling to Australia were temporarily issued by some countries. The incidents continued throughout the afternoon and into the night, as violent race-driven clashes tore apart the streets of Cronulla. The Cronulla Riots might be seen as a peak phase in Australia's multicultural crisis. When summer finally arrives, South and North Cronulla beaches are the first to fill up. This is therefore a particular perspective to the riots. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP R o g e r M a y n a r d i n S y d n e y WE MAY LIKE TO tell ourselves we are not a racist country in Australia, but let’s face it, a lot of Australians are racist. These are the intimate stories of roughly 20 individuals, many of whom have new and often counter-intuitive things to … Download our free app on the App Store or Google Play for the latest headlines and breaking news alerts. "Everyone was sort of there to celebrate. It was a day, where the Australian flag was used as a symbol of hatred and the streets resembled a war zone. Cronulla is derived from kurranulla, meaning ‘‘place of the pink seashells’’ in the dialect of the area's Aboriginal inhabitants, the Gweagal, who were a clan of the Tharawal (or Dharawal) tribe of Indigenous Australians.They Inhabited the southern geographic areas of Sydney. Multiple sources told GQ Magazine the altercation was not as violent as initially reported, but the story of an Australian icon — the humble lifesaver — being bashed became the catalyst for the riots. the Cronulla riot is an embarrassing event of for Australia and how unresolved issues left unaddressed will devolve in to violence. Dash cam footage showed the driver entering a roundabout in Cronulla in Sydney's south before slamming on his brakes as a black Mazda drove in front of him. stunet commented Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 at 10:04am. See also: Court ruling could make Uber illegal in Australian state. An Informative Interactive Documentary. At 8 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2005, groups of caucasian Australians began to congregate alongside the usually peaceful Cronulla Beach in the southern suburbs of Sydney; with barbecues and drinking occurring early. "There was a group outside chanting 'Kill the Leb' and climbing on to the kiosk - it was really frightening stuff". A JAPANESE pro-whaling video labelling Australia as racist has been launched on YouTube featuring images of the Cronulla riots and a joey being stomped on. In the week after the attack on the lifesavers, more than 270,000 text messages were circulated to incite a "racially motivated confrontation" the following Sunday, according to NSW Police. Watch SBS World News live daily at 6:30pm on TV and on our app. Do recall I was 15-16 at the time, and I was forbidden to travel to Cronulla to go to the beach, enjoy time with my friends or even take a stroll down the open mall. But there was a group outside chanting 'Kill the Leb' and climbing on to the kiosk - it was really frightening stuff.". There was a view they were standing up for Cronulla; standing up for the surfie culture, protecting their culture from what they saw as a threat from Middle Eastern people.". 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