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Board game glorifies Cronulla riots October 17, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.

New South Wales is battling to ban a new Monopoly-style board game glorifying the Cronulla race riots that erupted on Sydney’s beaches last December, officials said Tuesday.

The game, called “Cronulla 2230”, celebrates “all those who had the guts to come along to the rally at Cronulla on 11th December 2005 to defend the Aussie way of life,” a website publicising the game said.

The violence between white residents of the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla and Middle Eastern youths from the city made headlines around the world and exposed deep divisions within Australian society.

The game is “dedicated to all those who stood up for the freedoms of all fair dinkum Aussies”, said the website for “Cronulla 2230”, which can be downloaded.

The object of the game is to become the wealthiest person in the Cronulla area through buying, renting and selling property.

Players must then use the proceeds of their virtual deals to fund “patriotic organisations”, including real-life nationalist groups such as Australia First and the Patriotic Youth League, according to the game website.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma said he was taking legal advice on banning the game under the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act.

“It promotes acts of violence against members of the community — simple as that, and not only promotes it, glorifies it, encourages, incites people to engage in acts of violence using the riots of last year, and as such it has no place in our community,” Iemma said.

But he conceded it would not be simple to ban the game, with federal government intervention required to either shut it down or block access to it.

Australia First posted a notice on its website denying it was responsible for producing the game, but offering a link to the website where “Cronulla 2230” could be downloaded.

“This game seems to have emerged as a response to the problems of the multiculti (sic) sickness that has gripped Australia. We pass no other public comment,” Australia First said in a statement.

The new game reignites debate about the unrest just as police are stepping up patrols at Cronulla to head off the risk of further violence this summer.

The riots came after simmering tensions boiled over when youths of Middle Eastern appearance allegedly beat up two lifeguards on the beach on December 4 last year.

A week later, several hundred whites gathered at the beachfront chanting racist taunts and attacked people of Middle Eastern appearance.

That sparked several days of retaliatory attacks on whites by ethnic Arabs, primarily from Sydney’s large Lebanese immigrant community.

Source: Ninemsn.com.au

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