Thursday, December 15

World

Potential Bombshell

If this story holds up, it could spell big trouble for the NSW Government and the Police Commissioner:
Senior police today pledged to keep up their presence on Sydney's streets as members of a Muslim youth group and the surf movement held peace talks on the boardwalk at Cronulla.

But a leaked document has indicated that police were not equipped to respond to Monday's violence in Cronulla, in which people were assaulted and cars, shopfronts and windows were smashed.

The Seven Network said it had obtained a police incident report instructing officers to stay away from one of the trouble spots – believed to be Punchbowl Park in Sydney's west – on Monday night.

The park is believed to have been the meeting place for scores of men who formed a vehicle convoy which drove to Cronulla unimpeded by police.

The report showed those in the crowd were suspected of being Middle Eastern criminals who had been involved in malicious damage and civil disobedience offences throughout the Sutherland Shire, the network said.

The report said "a direction was given to police about midnight not to enter the area and antagonise these persons".

Right. Don't antagonise the rioters, because they might, um, riot.

I call for the 48-hour rule on this, though.

(via comments at Tim Blair's)

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1 (Checking the time.) Hmm. I'll be back...

Posted by: Kathy K at Friday, December 16 2005 10:12 PM (k5+K/)

2 It's been sort-of-confirmed, but officials are busy weaselling. It probably won't amount to much after all, at least not until the next election.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 17 2005 02:04 AM (LUBRF)

3 Well - then let's hope it's (if it turns out to be true) not forgotten at the next election.

Posted by: Kathy K at Saturday, December 17 2005 09:03 PM (p/PDy)

4 Sounds just like the UK. Don't impede the rioters and certainly don't prosecute anyone.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at Friday, December 23 2005 11:30 AM (X4ErV)

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