Bander herjer og ødelegger i hvite boligstrøk av Sydney, melder AP, uten å si av hvem. Australsk kringkasting sier det er arabiske ungdommer. Australia er sjokkert over volden.
Violence spilled into a second night Monday as scores of youths drove through predominantly white suburbs of Sydney, smashing windows of cars, homes and stores and raising fears of spreading racial unrest.
Police spokesman Paul Bugden said he did not have descriptions of those involved in Monday night’s rampage, but said it was linked to Sunday’s rioting.
Witnesses told an Associated Press photographer that some youths involved in the attacks were Middle Eastern or Arabic in appearance and others wore ski masks. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that police said men of Middle Eastern appearance were involved.
New text messages calling for more violence reportedly were being circulated. »We’ll show them!» one message said, according to The Australia newspaper.
Television images of Sunday’s riot shocked Australians, who pride themselves on tolerance and credit an influx of immigrants with helping build up the country after World War II.
Tensions between youths of Arabic and Middle Eastern descent and white Australians have been rising in recent years, fueled by the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and deadly bombings on Bali that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
Many Muslims also were angered over Howard’s decision to contribute troops to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Også muslimer i Storbritannia har reagert med sinne på britenes deltakelse i Irak. De har sogar krevet at regjeringen tar hensyn til dem og fører en annen utenrikspolitikk.
Australia har 300.000 muslimer av en befolkning på 20 millioner.
Racial Violence Continues in Australia (ap)