Violence broke out due to a combination of mob mentality and alcohol and many “ethnic” individuals were attacked and assaulted. Signs and t-shirts read discriminatory sayings such as “Fuck Allah, Save Nulla”, “Love it or Leave it”, “Wog Free Zone” and “We grew here, you flew here”. The following nights saw incidents of retaliatory violence and vandalism by those of Middle Eastern decent; throughout Sydney, and from Wollongong to Newcastle protests of both sides were present.
Police locked-down areas of Sydney including Western Sydney, guarding those who were to enter and leave and searched cars and checked identification for those entering the Sutherland Shire area to avoid the occurrence of further incidents. The fight divided many of Sydney, and called for Australians to address their notions of the identity of Australians or more specifically, what is to be Australian? the community was shock to see such violence in a quiet neighbourhood.