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Sydney's Beaches Quiet as Police Patrol Against Race Riots


Sydney's beaches were quiet Sunday with 2000 police on hand to ensure there was no repeat of last week's racial violence along the coast of Australia's largest city.

Police patrolled beaches on horseback and set up checkpoints around some of the city's favorite beaches.

Seven men with small gasoline bombs were arrested. Police also confiscated an assortment of weapons.

The recent violence began after allegations that ethnic Lebanese youths had assaulted two lifeguards at Cronulla beach and harassed local women.

Last Sunday's violence at Sydney's Cronulla Beach by young white youths against people of Middle Eastern descent was in retaliation for that attack. The violence spilled over into Monday and Tuesday, with Middle Eastern youths damaging vehicles and shops in the suburbs.

Nearly 200 arrests have been made in the past week.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP. Reuters.

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