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A Shocking Reminder Of The Truly Disgraceful Cronulla Riots

10/12/2015 4:27 PM AEDT | Updated 02/08/2016 1:29 PM AEST
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A decade on from the Cronulla riots, the nation is still shocked at the footage of violent, alcohol-fueled anarchy.

On Sunday, December 11, 2005, cultural tensions in the southern Sydney suburb were ignited with word of local lifesavers being attacked by people of middle eastern appearance.

That was all it took for for the beach-side region to become overrun for two nights, resulting in two racially motivated stabbings, multiple attacks against police and ambulance officers, assault charges and property damage. All up, police laid 285 charges.

The most devastating impact, however, was on our national psyche, as countries like Canada, Britain and Indonesia released travel warnings about Australia and the city was left to soul search about tolerance, patriotism and multiculturalism.

In the aftermath, perpetrators were charged, a tribunal ruled radio broadcaster Alan Jones had incited hatred against Lebanese Muslims and calm was restored in Cronulla.

Ten years on, however, analysis and sociologists are asking what's changed as former Prime Minister Tony Abbott calls for a reformation of Islam and protesters prepare to converge on the beach tomorrow in a so-called 'memorial'.

But NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said yesterday the Cronulla community had most definitely moved on.

"The message we're getting from the community is they don't want [the protest memorial]," Burn said.

"We will have resources there on behalf of the community."