posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 11:29 PM
Political leaders in Australia have condemned Sydney's violent Islamic protests as the "unacceptable face of multiculturalism".
Some protesters allegedly threw glass bottles and other missiles at police, forcing officers to use capsicum spray during the violence that led to
six police and 17 others being injured.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell condemned the Sydney riot as the unacceptable face of multiculturalism
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said he was “horrified” by the street battles and clashes with police yesterday. He said such protests undermined
Australia's successful multicultural society.
“We don't need to bring from overseas ethnic protest to this country, we certainly shouldn't bring from overseas religious conflicts.
“We've got 200 different nationalities in this city but what we saw yesterday was the unacceptable face of multiculturalism,” Mr O'Farrell
Tony Abbot, Leader of the Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives stated that people are expected to surrender their hatreds when they
come to Australia.
Tony Abbott said the ugly scenes did not fairly reflect the Islamic people of Australia.
The Opposition Leader said newcomers to Australia were not expected to surrender their heritage, but were expected to surrender their hatreds.
Senator Barnaby Joyce questioned the long term future for Australia if such riots were replicated across every city in the future.
Senator Barnaby Joyce said politicians should speak out to protect Australia “from what we might become years down the track”.
“It's not xenophobic to ask what is in your national interest and what values we support and what actions we will condone,” Senator Joyce told the
Nationals' federal conference in Canberra.
“The structure of the nation we have here is something that just will not work if that type of behaviour was to be replicated across every
Senator Barnaby Joyce makes a fair point. Where is Australia, and the West in general, going in the long term if it allows large scale Islamic
immigration while prompting multiculturalism? Clearly, as Tony Abbott points out, the immigrants have brought their hatred with them.
Would Australia have more success integrating Islamic immigrants and preventing them from rioting, if it made an effort to integrate Muslims to take
on Western values?
Multiethnic but not multicultural?
edit on 16-9-2012 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)