Cronulla To Kokoda

Cronulla To Kokoda

ABC  |  April 23, 2013

In December 2005, riots broke out at Sydney's Cronulla Beach. Racial tension turned to disturbing scenes of mob violence - police and ambulance officers were attacked, people were bashed in the street, cars were vandalised, shop windows were smashed. From as far as the other side of the world, this was an Australia people weren't used to seeing. At the height of the riots Ali Ammar, a 16-year-old Muslim-Australian boy, climbed atop an RSL Club and tore the Australian flag down from its pole, throwing it to his mates, who then spat on it before setting it ablaze.

In December 2005, riots broke out at Sydney's Cronulla Beach. Racial tension turned to disturbing scenes of mob violence - police and ambulance officers were attacked, people were bashed in the street, cars were vandalised, shop windows were smashed. From as far as the other side of the world, this was an Australia people weren't used to seeing. At the height of the riots Ali Ammar, a 16-year-old Muslim-Australian boy, climbed atop an RSL Club and tore the Australian flag down from its pole, throwing it to his mates, who then spat on it before setting it ablaze.

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