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(generated from captions) I'm Tracy Bowden. Welcome to the program. riots were isolated incidents Any hope that Sydney's weekend race of violence last night. was shattered by a second wave

In an apparent act of retaliation,

crowbars and baseball bats scores of youths armed with terrorised an already shaken public beachside suburbs, by driving through homes and cars. smashing windows of shops, south-western suburb of Lakemba, And in the mainly Muslim near the mosque about 500 young people blocked roads with some pelting rocks at police. and arrested Dozens of people have been injured

on Sunday. since the violence erupted Now the Premier of NSW Morris Iemma from their Christmas holidays has recalled parliamentarians

to deal with troublemakers. to give police extra powers

to curb the cycle of violence? But will these measures be enough NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney In a moment I'll be joined by the Jonathan Harley. but, first, this report from

This is a fight that will continue

and we will not be found wanting in

the use of force to meet this, what

is effectively a declaration of war.

We're proposing at this stage to

have at least 450 police out on the

streets tonight, specifically

dedicated to this event. We are

defend k ourselves. Have we

them because they are white? We are defend k ourselves. Have we attacked

not racist. They are racist. They

are firing flares at the helicopter

at the moment. Anyone that held out

hope that the hot heads would cool

among the divide of Sydney's

south-east and west would be

disappointed. Such was the

of the weekend outrage that mobs disappointed. Such was the suspicion

were jumping at shadows. This is

staggering scene last night around were jumping at shadows. This is the

Lakemba Mosque, the symbolic centre

of Sidny's Lebanese Muslim community. Hundreds of young men

were drawn by whisper, SMS and gut

instinct. This place would be a

target for reprisal. This was a

volatile mix of people feeling that target for reprisal. This was a very

somehow they had to defend their

territory against fellow

Australians. Almost as a wind shift

defence at Lakemba swung to attack

and the hoards returned to Maroubra

to pick up where they left off the

night before. Apparently hoodlums

corrugating there near the service

station. Middle Eastern appearance

in the other car. Listening to the

growing frenzy of police responses

as the night unfolded, an Egyptian

naun the heart of the shire. Out of

place if the sentiment of the past

few days is anything to go by.

Just up there 100m there were two

gunshots just up there. I'm afraid

it was a frightening scene. But the

Reverend George Capsis is no

outsider. He's been working with

Cronulla's abused and drug addicted

for years. His family settled here

in 1950. He is shocked by what he's

scene. The whole street, we had

at random and damage like this. The scene. The whole street, we had cars

neighbours were terrified in their

houses. Too scared to come out. Who

could blame them? If community

workers like George are struggling

to comprehend what has taken place

in their own backyard, so too the

hard men of the coast. These are

Bra Boys, Maroubra's infamous surf hard men of the coast. These are the

gang. They're nowhere tore use for

thumbing their nose at the law and

yet today they were wagging their

fingers at the Sunday rioters

they've dubbed "Cronulla's cowards"

We don't support any of the actions they've dubbed "Cronulla's cowards".

of the Cronulla people. We don't

support any of them and never have

and none of us have been involved

any of that stuff. I think that and none of us have been involved in

is the start, the boys have agreed any of that stuff. I think that this

to come down and talk to us, to

start some dialect between the

groups, you know, to try and ease

some tension, so we really #

appreciate - it's a big thing for

them to come down to the beach and

open up conversation with us. I

think this is a start and this is

how we have to go to ease these

tensions and calming the racial

violence that can never be

in Australia. We've never ever violence that can never be tolerated

backed these things against the

Lebanese community. Never. We never

have and we never will. To

underscore that sentiment an

extraordinary rolling set piece for

the cameras. An olive branch

extended across the divide, Bra

style. We are glad it is over. extended across the divide, Bra Boys

This should send the message out

there to the people of Cronulla and

Australians and Middle Eastern

background, to everyone that

reconciliation is the way forward.

The violence that we saw, the

vicious cycle of violence we've

seeing over the last few days is vicious cycle of violence we've been

totally unnecessary. A lot of angry

young men. I think it's like this:

take your young Middle Eastern men

who are angry, I can see part of

their problem is they're caught

between two cultures, if you know

what I am saying. They are part of

culture they were born into and what I am saying. They are part of a

they're trying to become part of a

culture that we enjoy in this

country. I don't think you could

have put enough money on a bet that

Middle Eastern groups of men would

retaliate after Cronulla. It was

showing the red rag to a bull that

the Cronulla protests in the first

place. For former NSW detective Tim

Priest a witness to the riots, this

has been a firestorm waiting to

happen. The warnings have been

building for years, but the NSW

Police force failed to quarterise

the problem. We've had this

escalation of Lebanese Muslim males

who've just got out of control. no long

who've just got out of control. They no longer abide by the rule of law

in a lot of cases. They no longer

respect the police. They no longer

respect the courts or authority.

They just seem to think they can

They just seem to think they can run their own race. Now, that's

transformed now into taking over

certain sections of Sydney. We know

that there is a chance for us to

change. This will always be a work

in progress. What we are going to

in progress. What we are going to do is meet what we would perceive as

the need with the appropriate and

adequate force to deal with them.

We've never really seen anything I

don't think in the country along

don't think in the country along the coast that equates to what has

coast that equates to what has again on in these terrible events in the

last couple of days. Sure there,

have been troubled squirmishes.

Locals like to get access to their

waves. But this is of a very

different and much more serious

order. There's no doubt whatsoever

and I think it's a a terrible thing,

but we've got to be honest about it

and recognise there's a racial

component over what's happened in

the last couple of days. Peter

Garrett has seen the reactions of

youth and booze first as a rock

youth and booze first as a rock star and now as a local member. His seat

of Kingsford Smith takes in

of Kingsford Smith takes in Maroubra and edges up to Cronulla. He should

have had a reason.able family patch

to represent, but now the

battleground is his explosive

neighbourhood problem. We reself

difficult issues in the country by

placing the highest priority on

peaceful communication, on true die

log, on communities responding both

within communities and between

communities where necessary. We

absolutely renounce in this country

for what we have to offer to our

for what we have to offer to our own people and to the rest of the world,

violence of any kind. There's a

violence of any kind. There's a line been drawn in the sand by both

been drawn in the sand by both sides and you can't change the attitude

and you can't change the attitude of a generation of Muslim males and

a generation of Muslim males and you can't wipe over the frustrations of

Anglo-Saxons. Look, we're in

unchartered waters and I'd hate to

predict what's ahead of us but I

feel it's something this city has

never seen before, probably this

country has never seen before, and

it's not a good look. I won't allow

Sydney's reputation to be tarnished

by these ratbags and criminals who

want to engage in the sort of

behaviour we've seen in the last 48

hours. They think they can get away

with this. Well, they will not.

There are troublemakers in every

community. No-one can disagree with

that. No government, no Prime

Minister, no no-one. There will

elements in every community that

elements in every community that are troublemakers - full stop. We are

just defending ourselves. We're

independent racist. In the heart of

the Lebanese community, these men

are talking about last night's mob

call and the riling in Cronulla.

Opinion is divided. There's a lot

Opinion is divided. There's a lot of young ignorant people out there,

young ignorant people out there, but I'd like to tell them that they are

not doing anybody any favours and

they're certainly not dough Islam

any favours or representing Islam.

They are only representing their

selfish desires by reacting and

responding according to their own

womens. Here you don't have to wait

long for an alarming prediction.

I can only say if they do not

I can only say if they do not desist it will keep going. We won't stop.

My people will not stop. I'm not

talking about me personally, I'm

talking about my people. They won't

stop. It's not a threat. It's just

stop. It's not a threat. It's just a warning. I'm telling you now, if

they don't stop it will get worse

and worse and worse. I am telling

you now, stop, as a warning. Do not

fight us on racial grounds. We will

defend on racial grounds.