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2005-12-17 23:26:01

By Jim Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police stepped up security around Sydney's beaches on Sunday, fearing fresh racial violence after officers manning road-blocks found knives in cars, and hate messages circulated by mobile phone. Police patrolled beaches on horseback and set up checkpoints around some of the city's favorite summer playgrounds, including Bondi Beach, where a peaceful holiday mood was edged by fears of fresh violence between whites and ethnic Lebanese. "I...

2005-12-17 12:10:44

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police set up road blocks and searched cars heading for Sydney's beaches on Saturday to prevent a second weekend of racial violence between ethnic Lebanese youths and local surfers. Australians have been told to stay away from beaches in three cities this weekend, especially Sydney where the checkpoints created traffic jams and left some of the city's summer playgrounds subdued on a sweltering day a week before Christmas. "This is not a...

2005-12-17 00:00:37

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police set up road blocks and searched cars heading for Sydney's beaches on Saturday to prevent a second weekend of racial violence between ethnic Lebanese youths and local surfers. Australians have been told to stay away from beaches in three cities this weekend, especially Sydney where the checkpoints created traffic jams and left some of the city's summer playgrounds subdued on a sweltering day a week before Christmas. "This is not a...

2005-12-16 02:25:02

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians were warned on Friday to stay away from beaches in three cities this weekend with police saying they have credible evidence that racial violence was being planned. Police urged people to avoid Cronulla Beach in Sydney's south, where racial violence first flared last Sunday, as well as eastern suburbs beaches which include Maroubra and Bondi, and beaches in regional coastal cities Wollongong and Newcastle. "Our latest intelligence...

2005-12-15 00:30:08

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An emergency sitting of parliament passed special laws on Thursday allowing Sydney police to "lockdown" parts of Australia's biggest city to stop racial unrest. After two nights of racial violence in Sydney's beachside suburbs this week, the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament also increased the penalty for rioting from 10 to 15 years and doubled the sentence for affray to 10 years. "Louts and criminals have effectively declared war on our...

2005-12-14 02:53:36

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mobile telephone text messages calling for racial violence in four Australian states circulated on Wednesday, said police, as another major overnight security operation begun in Sydney to maintain peace in beachside suburbs. More than 450 police took to the streets in Sydney, Australia's largest city, for a second night on Wednesday, erecting roadblocks to check drivers moving into areas of previous unrest, such as Cronulla Beach in the south....

2005-12-13 18:30:13

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A massive police operation restored calm to Sydney's beachside suburbs overnight after two nights of racial violence, with police urging community leaders to help defuse the tension. Police roadblocks checked scores of cars in suburbs scarred by racial violence and made five arrests after a series of isolated incidents, including one where four youths bashed a man with a baseball bat. Police said they were also investigating a fire which destroyed a church hall in...

2005-12-13 03:11:30

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 450 policemen, four times the usual number, will patrol Sydney's streets on Tuesday to prevent a third night of racial violence by youth gangs who have attacked people, smashed cars and hurled rocks at police. Officials also said the state parliament of New South Wales (NSW) was being called into emergency session on Thursday to give police special powers to "lockdown" parts of Sydney, Australia's biggest city, to stop the unrest. Police...

2005-12-12 22:47:39

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Seven people were injured and dozens of cars damaged in a second night of racial violence spread across Sydney, Australian police said on Tuesday, as they were given special powers to stop the unrest. Gangs of youths, mainly of Middle Eastern background, attacked several people with baseball bats, vandalised cars and were involved in rock-throwing skirmishes with police on Monday night, officials said. At Maroubra Beach, police said they found 30...

2005-12-12 19:33:25

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A second night of unrest in Australia's biggest city Sydney left seven people injured and dozens of cars damaged in apparent reprisal for racial violence on a city beach at the weekend, police said on Tuesday. Gangs of youths, mainly Muslim and from Middle East backgrounds, attacked several people with baseball bats, vandalised cars and had running skirmishes with police, they said. At one beach, Maroubra, police said they found 30 Molotov cocktails and crates of...


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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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