In a stunning display of common sense, Australian women have said ‘no’ to inflammatory political stunts, and ‘yes’ to having a good time… at the beach! On a stinking hot weekend, on the coastlines of the world’s driest inhabited continent.
Who woulda thunk it? Not local fascists; they were praying to Odin for 1,000s of pissed and pissed-off locals to descend on beaches… and mosques… in bikinis.
This weekend — the first anniversary of the Cronulla anti-Muslim / anti-Arab pogrom — was an opportunity for the far right, especially in the misshapen form of the Australia First Party, to publicly flex its puny muscles. Today, Sunday December 10, about ten of the racist losers made it down to Cronulla. Yesterday, in Brunswick, was the original date given for ‘The Great Australian Bikini March’ — officially cancelled by organisers on December 5, and possibly delayed until Invasion Day 2007.
But suppose they gave a date… and nobody came?
Well, that’s exactly what happened. Nobody — literally nobody — was stupid enough to gather at Clifton Park on Saturday, while just around the corner, the community BBQ organised by members of a local mosque went off without a hitch, and attracted several hundred people, despite being extremely hot and smoky weather.
In Sydney, fascist hopes of a second ‘uprising’ were dashed by a strong police presence and the not-unexpected revelation that locals were more interested in splashing about in the surf than they were in embarking on another racist pogrom:
One year on from Cronulla ‘all is quiet’
The Age [AAP]
December 10, 2006
A pleasant summer’s day is all that is happening at Cronulla beach on Sunday, 12 months after a racially-fuelled riot tore through the southern Sydney suburb.
Police have stepped up patrols at southern and eastern beaches this weekend.
All reports from Cronulla indicated it was quiet, NSW Police Minister John Watkins said, and there would be no repeat of the December 11 troubles.
“The deputy commissioner said the only people running amok at Cronulla were the little nippers running into the water, and that’s exactly as it should be,” the Minister told reporters in Sydney.
“Cronulla is a beautiful beach, an icon of the Australian summer, and that’s how we want and expect it to remain through today and the rest of the summer…”
In summary, a good weekend for bushfires, BBQs, and a day at the beach; a bad one for racist losers. Speaking of which, special thanks to Ben Weerheym for his sterling efforts at sabotaging the organising efforts of local bigots. Apparently, if you want to blame anyone for screwing the March up, blame him.