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Shameful actions: Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has condemned the mob attacks.

Shameful actions: Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has condemned the mob attacks. (ABC TV)

Mob mentality shameful: Police Commissioner

The New South Wales Police Commissioner says he is ashamed at the mob mentality that has driven a racially-motivated rally at Sydney's Cronulla beach.

More than a dozen arrests have been made after several people of Middle Eastern appearance were abused and assaulted by members of the crowd.

Police removed others from the beach for their own protection, six people were treated for injuries.

The rally had been called in response to the assault of two lifeguards last weekend.

Commissioner Ken Moroney says an ambulance officer was attacked while transferring an injured person and the crowd turned on a woman because of her race.

"That woman was saved, literally saved by the police officers and those officers deserve my highest commendation for the way in which they went about their task," he said.

"The other equally offensive conduct today, the absolutely total un-Australian conduct today, was an attack on an ambulance.

"That has brought a higher level of shame to those involved in that level of attack and they deserve to be condemned in the highest possible terms," he said.

Commissioner Moroney says the attack on the ambulance officer is hypocritical given the rally was called in response to the assault of two lifeguards last weekend.

In other developments:

  • Violence has spread to more suburbs of Sydney after a day of racially motivated violence on Cronulla Beach. (Full Story)
  • Cars have been vandalised and windows smashed in the eastern Sydney suburb of Maroubra following today's racially motivated rally at Cronulla Beach. (Full Story)
  • New South Wales Police say several people of Middle Eastern appearance were attacked by a mob at Sydney's Cronulla Beach today. (Full Story)



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