No one yet charged in the Cronulla riots. Why not? Could it be because too many Australian politicians need the Muslim vote?
From The Australian, with thanks to Rosie:
UNTIL just over a week ago, not one alleged revenge attacker in the wake of last month’s race riot in southern Sydney had been charged, despite the charging of up to 30 white men over the initial affray.
Peter Debnam, in the riskiest political move of his five months so far as Opposition leader in NSW, took up the cause. He claimed the state Labor Government of Premier Morris Iemma had encouraged police to go soft on revenge attackers, most thought to be Middle Eastern, because of what he called Labor’s political correctness.
Bashings of whites in the southern suburbs followed the riots, as did damage to cars and businesses, mostly smashed windows. One youth has been jailed after an Australia flag was torn down and burnt.
Debnam expanded the conspiracy theory to say many Labor politicians including Iemma, whose electorate of Lakemba has a large Lebanese population, were “indebted” to that community, in part because of the stacking of local Labor branches with members of Middle Eastern descent.
Iemma and NSW police commissioner Ken Moroney described the claims as untrue, outlandish and offensive. Moroney said it had been easy to arrest the whites because of high-quality television video footage. No videos existed of the revenge attacks, he said. Task Force Enoggera, set up with 28 officers to investigate revenge attacks, would do the job.
Then all hell broke loose. Channel Nine broadcast a closed-circuit video showing about 30 Lebanese bashing a bystander at Cronulla after the riot. It’s debatable just how recognisable the faces are, but it’s expected some perpetrators will be identifiable to those who know them.
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