Riot fears as texts do the rounds

By CHRISTIAN STANGER

POLICE fear large numbers of Tweed and Cabarita residents are heading to Surfers Paradise tomorrow to join a mass rally similar to the Cronulla Aussie Pride demonstration.

Boardriders and locals yesterday confirmed SMS texts have been circulating on the Tweed, urging large numbers from the Tweed to attend further rallies in Cronulla and Sydney to ''crack skulls'' and cause mayhem.

Further SMS texts have reportedly been circulating around the Gold Coast inciting similar violence in Surfers Paradise on Sunday.

Queensland police have warned Tweed locals and all NSW residents to stay away from the Gold Coast rally, declaring anyone behaving in a drunk and disorderly manner will be arrested on the spot.

The police warning on the demonstration came as a Currumbin man was arrested late Thursday night for making racially intimidating phone calls.

The 21-year-old man is alleged to have made the calls to a private person and will appear in court on January 11.

Queensland Detective Inspector Jim Keogh, based at Burleigh, said police had learned that a number of people from NSW were planning on making the journey to the Gold Coast for the demonstrations.

"A number of groups from NSW, including a group from Cabarita of predominantly boardriders, and another group from Tweed Heads are planning to attend Surfers Paradise on Sunday after receiving word there will be unrest there," Det Insp Keogh said.

The group from Tweed Heads are not boardriders and are known to police, he said.

"If you are planning on coming down to Surfers Paradise on Sunday afternoon to cause trouble, you will be dealt with," Det Insp Keogh said.

"In Queensland you are not allowed by law to drink on the streets or be intoxicated in public and those who are will be fined on the spot or arrested."

Cabarita Boardriders secretary Donna Wilson confirmed her husband Kelvin had received an SMS urging him to attend a protest and participate in violence, but said they were disgusted with it and are against such violence.

"When Kelvin received the message he just shook his head," Ms Wilson said. "We're not going to the rally on the Gold Coast and we are urging other people not to go. We think it's disgusting."

Ms Wilson said she had not heard that anyone in the Cabarita area would be going, but most Cabarita Boardriders will be at a presentation function on Sunday afternoon.

"We'll have most of our members here on Sunday, so we know for a fact they won't be going," she said.

Tweed Police Inspector Jim Kain said yesterday they had no specific intelligence on a Tweed delegation attending the rally.

"We are keeping an eye on the situation," he said.

Det Insp Keogh said NSW residents coming into Queensland to cause trouble could be in for a rude shock if they are planning on drinking or being intoxicated in public.

"There will be a strong police presence in Surfers Paradise on Sunday," Det Insp Keogh said.



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