NSW Police ♥ Sydney Forum

The Sydney Forum, Australia’s largest annual gathering of fascists, was held on the weekend of September 18/19. On Sunday, some d00d went to Tempe to protest. His account is below.

Note that, as well as being “the Australian headquarters for hate politics” and the offices of the Australia First Party, 725 Princes Highway, Tempe is the site of a notorious murder. In April 1991 — while Saleam was behind bars for organising a shotgun assault upon the home of ANC representative Eddie Funde — members of Dr James Saleam’s previous political party, National Action, killed one another: “Bovver, twenty-five years old and already weighing 108 kilos thanks to the three or four stubbies of beer he’d consume for breakfast each morning, was shot eight times with a sawn-off .22 rifle by Perry Whitehouse, ten years his senior but less than half his size, during a drunken, confused and basically pointless argument. When Whitehouse blew him away, Bovver was wearing a singlet bearing the message: Say No To The New Gun Control Laws.”

For very self-evident reasons, organisers of Australia’s premier white-power gathering, the so-called ‘Sydney Forum’, go to great lengths to hide information about where and when their next illustrious event will be held. In the past, the assembled cream of Australia’s fascist crop have been met with large, vocal counter-rallies by antifascist activists and community groups who insist that it is simply ludicrous that a city as diverse, multicultural and tolerant as Sydney is in any way the appropriate venue for a rally of the wannabe Blackshirts. Whilst I would vigorously agree, this isn’t really one of those stories about the clash of opposing ideologies you might expect the day after the Sydney Forum. Rather this is an account of those who, wielding the threat of arrest, enable the unchallenged spread of racist propaganda and the perpetuation of xenophobia, homophobia, fabricated history and all the other regressive, hateful vile you’d expect to find at a party full of nazis.

Whilst the zeitgeist has changed rather a lot since Oswald Mosley relied on London police to “protect” the march of his British Union of Fascists down Cable Street in 1936, the parasitic relationship between fascist groups and the police has survived pretty much intact. The strategy is different, largely because it is infuriatingly hard to club a protester you don’t want to listen to in public now that we live in the age of social media and smartphone ubiquity, but the effect is the same. I should make it abundantly clear that whilst I don’t believe that the cops sympathised particularly with the assembled dignitaries of white-supremacism, it is largely irrelevant to the outcome of their hard-line ‘no criticism’ show of force – to immunise fascist ideology from ANY criticism, providing the desired separation from empirical reality fascism needs to perpetuate itself without resorting to violent means.

When I turned up to this year’s Sydney Forum with the intention of challenging the bonehead vacuum, you could say that the police conducted themselves in a manner that any private security firm would pride itself on. I didn’t even have time to make it to the opposite side of the street where I intended on standing before I was challenged, told to stop, detained and grilled whilst the assembled boneheads leered at me from the gate of their compound. Go efficiency!

At first I was told by the officer in charge that ‘my friend’ (I was alone) had just pointed a weapon at police, that he had already had to bury a colleague that week, and he was damned if he was going to let that happen under his watch. I did not see what this other kid did, so I refuse to speculate as to what might have happened, but even though it should have been abundantly clear to anybody that I was there by myself it still took a long time for the officers to concede the point. In the meantime, struggling to understand what any of his accusations had to do in any way with me (and wondering why the keynote address of a prominent international fascist propagandist and Holocaust denier deserved tax-payer funded private security) my bag was confiscated and I was searched. I was also forced to relinquish my driver’s license, under threat of arrest, and my details were recorded.

The tension was palpable. I hoisted my best impersonation of level-headedness and attempted not to splutter indignantly as the officer in charge delivered an admirably theatrical soliloquy decrying my ‘obvious’ desire to start a violent riot that would terrify the elderly residents of the street. I also learnt that I hated freedom of speech and that I was a hypocrite for not just letting the guys ‘have a barbecue’ in peace. When the curtains finally dropped, I attempted to clarify my intent (peaceful); my motives (plug refugee rights events to other activists, attempt to finally use my degree in History by rebuffing the anti-Semitic revisionist drivel); and that my solution to obvious nonsense free-speech I vehemently disagree with is opposition from my own informed, dissenting speech.

Greeted by blank stares and the seemingly reluctant report by a constable that the search of my bag yielded little more than Refugee Action Coalition fliers, water, a book, gum & cigarettes (as well as my primary ‘weapon’, a sign reading ‘welcome refugees, not fascists’), the officer in charge lost interest and left the constable to ‘process’ me. Apparently the decision had already been made, because at this point I was issued an official move along notice and told to return to my specific suburb of origin under the threat of arrest. Out of options and with thirty seconds to get going before they charged me with disobeying police instructions, I stumbled away perplexed and fuming by the absurdity of it all.

As I walked, indignant at the notion I was the biggest threat to public security in an area full of people whose idea of a good time is getting drunk and beating the shit out of anyone they regard as untermensch, a carload of men in Blood and Honour (neo-Nazi) garb pulled up alongside (perhaps mistaking short hair for fascist sympathy), to enquire about how I was on this particular day. Twenty odd seconds into my thirty and surprisingly I didn’t feel like hanging around to analyse the events of the last few minutes with them that much. Though it was clearly an exercise in stating what could not be more obvious, I assured them they were in no absolutely no danger from my sinister bleeding-heart protestations and that I was already on my way. Gesturing towards the police cars in way of explanation I added, ‘you know which side they’re on.’

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2015 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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5 Responses to NSW Police ♥ Sydney Forum

  1. @ndy says:

    Jim Perren (Australia First QLD/ex-White Pride Coalition Australia) descended from his Tower to write the following, rather amusing account of his own adventures on the weekend in question. After noting that ‘Antifa Australia’ had announced a protest on its blog (and also by way of the ‘Antifa Australia’ Facebook page), and following some mild abuse of Don and Mat, Jim writes:

    Back to the day. Well we all made sure that we got down to Tempe on time for this one. At about 1130hrs the call went out “they are here”. You bloody beauty we all thought. Running out the back what do we find? A big fat tub of lard and a skinny little Asian fellow.

    This dip shit obviously didn’t get that big from being a Vegetarian. This kid truly is an internationalist, he likes his KFC and Macas. The other guy a scrawny little Asian guy actually looked like he may be the big fella[']s lunch. Pics of him are on the way. So is the video of him being arrested and hand cuffed. None of us have any idea why he was arrested but maybe the Police removed him for his own safety.

    It was about now we decided to do a run down to the train station and pick up a few comrades. Zero hour was approaching. No one wanted to miss the show. On our arrival back at the venue imagine our surprise to see the big fella legging it from the venue. Thinking he had successfully extracted himself from the danger zone he seemed a little surprised to see a car load of invited guests pull up right beside him. I asked him if he would like to show us some of his protesting skills. There sure as hell wasn’t any Police around to stop him down this end of the street. He decided he would show us his speed walking skills instead. Funny stuff.

    So as zero hour approached so did the anticipation. Maybe fat man and lunch were the spotters? Soon enough it was 1300hrs and still no sign of the Fascist Anti Fascists. The pressure was [too] much for a few of us so we headed next door with the National Alternative people from Vic for a nice cold beer and a cider or two.

    By 1400hrs we thought we better go back and have a sticky beak. Still no sign of the great unwashed. How could this be? What had gone wrong? They had been aware of this meeting for more than six months. They had even promised us that they would come. It was very disappointing.

    By now the day had dragged on. The four Police officers who had been standing out the back all day looked rather pissed off about sitting around in the sun. It had been reported to us that the NSW tax payers were paying for forty riot Police and a dog squad to be on standby all day. On a Sunday! Imagine that folks these idiot Anarchists and assorted left wing dip shits just cost the NSW Tax Payer a minimum $22500. How many actual crimes could have been prevented by using this man power fighting crime instead of watching me eat a few snags off the BBQ and drink beer all day?

    So what did these wankers end up doing? Let[']s look at their report from the day shall we.

    [Link to : Anti-fascist occupation of Newtown Square, Indymedia, September 19, along with some scattered commentary highlighting the fact that The Hub in Newtown is 4.2km away from Jim's bunker in Tempe and accusing protesters of hypocrisy etc.]

    So what does the State owned asset anarchist @ndy have to say? After all it was him along with Mathew Lee Henderson and their web site Fight Dem Back that started all this in the first place.

    I’m not linking him unless it was a story about his gruesome accidental death, if you need to see it on his sick site please go ahead and Google it.

    The 2010 Sydney Forum done come and gone, with relatively little fanfare. Presumably, things went swimmingly for da fash, while Sydney-based businessman, Volksfront organiser, and Master of Race Ceremonies Welf Herfurth ran a friendly but tight ship. Nevertheless, some Sydney-siders did apparently decide to hold some kinda rally in opposition to the Forum on the Sunday, across the road from the venue @ The Bunker:

    [Jim doesn't include the following: "In his 10th straight year at university but flush with his dead father’s cash, Jim Saleam bought a house at 725 Princes Highway, Tempe, for $90,000. It was 1983 and this grim little terrace, along the main trucking route to Port Botany and just beyond Sydney airport’s runways, has been the Australian headquarters for hate politics ever since."]

    Happily, the NSW police were kind enough to provide a security detail for the event, one which also apparently outnumbered protesters, who were noticeable largely by their absence. (Or rather, I had difficulty spotting them from my helicopter.) Police were also kept active in Newtown as “Newtown square/The Hub was occupied … by anarchists, anti-authoritarians, antifascists and people in solidarity to make a demonstration against the Sydney Fascist Forum happening this weekend in Tempe” (Anti-fascist Occupation of Newtown Square, Indymedia Australia, September 19, 2010).

    And so on.

  2. @ndy says:

    Dr Jim writes:

    Monday, September 20, 2010
    The “Anti-Fascists” Of “Antifa Australia” Fail To Stop The Sydney Forum: It Is A Serious Political Defeat For Those Who Deny Free Speech.
    Dr. Jim Saleam.

    The “Antifa Australia” group has failed to stop the Ninth Sydney Forum held on September 18-19. After threatening to demonstrate against the Forum’s Sunday session and to generally expose and oppose “fascism” ( sic )- they simply failed to show.

    Or rather, three “spies” did. One was arrested by some police for an offence ( weapon ? drugs ? ). Another slunk away with a few snapshots of a small group of police detailed to “watch” the event and the last one took a few photos at a safe distance from the Forum across the busy Princes Highway at Tempe. What startling intelligence did he get ? Simply a few pikkies of the Australia First building where the Sunday session was held!

    For Antifa, it was a bad knock, a serious miscalculation, a political defeat. Not to make good on their promise to demonstrate even when sympathetic journalists at the ABC or SBS could have given them a camera opportunity, has shown even a lack of enterprise.

    On Sunday, when they should have been demonstrating against the Forum to prove whatever anti free speech credentials they have, Antifa opted to hold a “rally” at the Hub Theatre In Newtown, with some forty or fifty persons in attendance. They later tried to occupy Newtown Square with banners and bongos and they threw a few insults at duty police.

    There was still the opportunity to march from Newtown to Tempe, but there was no attempt to encourage others to join them, nothing at all. After adjourning from their rally, the Antifa wandered off to a few hotels and others perhaps-to some private homes to enjoy their recreational drugs.

    Acting as the “fascists” they would proclaim the Forum to be, they still failed to stifle freedom of speech.

    In recent months, Australia First has noted increasingly strident rhetoric from Antifa to deny freedom of speech and assembly to those who they deem to be “fascists”. In the past they have damaged property and tried to assault people. They did not confront the Forum. Why ?

    Last year Antifa demonstrated ( with property damage ) in inner city Chippendale, protesting against a group they called “extreme right” or “fascist”. In July, they joined with others to protest a small group of persons in Newtown who objected to Islamic migration. However, Australia First and Sydney Forum have been reserved for special abuse and occasional violent rhetoric.

    Antifa is a group fuelled by anarchists and inner city “lifestyle dregs” ( same sex marriage couples, perverts of various sorts, drug abusers, refugee “advocates” and what not ). They do not represent the Australian people although they might be considered “chic” in parts of inner-suburbs Sydney. They proclaim themselves arbiters of freedom. Yet, this group does not see ( if it cares at all ) that its slogans ( No borders!; No nations! Refugee rights! ) are the very slogans of the corrupt, globalist, Australian political establishment. Australia First has often decried the “rabble above and the rabble below”, that funny working coalition of the rich in expensive suits and the greenhairs in dirty drag, who together share a common globalist perspective-and via the media can mobilise against patriotic Australians. At best, this curious Antifa street gang serves in practice those very elites they criticise elsewhere as the uncaring rich. The irony is absolute and the deception complete. Ultimately, it may be that the Antifa have simply recognized the fact that we cannot be deterred and that it is easier to abuse the long suffering average cop.

    The Sydney Forum was a success and reports that have reached us say that the 2011 Forum will be the largest. Next year marks the tenth anniversary of the Forum’s foundation and in fact-its tenth presentation. Freedom of speech and genuine democracy is not dead in Australia. Australia First Party will continue to proudly support the Sydney Forum and we look forward to reading its full report for 2010.

  3. redkiller says:

    Sorry Andrew but calling a protest and having no-one show up is a bit of a fail, even if your lot did get 50 people to a protest 4 kms away.

    Considering the blockade last year, and the almost destruction of the forum before that, this is a pretty piss poor effort.

    Or are you going to let your true soviet colours out and claim victory from defeat[?]

    And blaming the cops? Man the far left can be a little bunch of whingers, whatever happened to the old idiotic hard cunts of the red flag?

    They at least had some balls between their legs, you lot of junkies, dropouts and sexual weirdoes would make the old red guard vomit. You disgrace their memory, they may have been deadly wrong, but at least they had the courage of their convictions.

    Do you seriously think the middle class punk music retro idiots of the modern anarchist scene would have been welcome in the trenches of Catalonia amongst real working class men fighting for their lives?

    They would have shot you on sight, and the NKVD would have done you in if they didn’t.

  4. @ndy says:

    G’day redkiller,

    A few things.

    I agree: as a general rule, calling a protest and having no-one, or almost no-one, show up, is fail. But then, I’m unsure why you appear to believe that I’ve claimed the contrary, as all I’ve written is “some d00d went to Tempe to protest. His account is below.”

    Also, given that last year a dozen (or however many) people staged a protest at the Petersham RSL on the Saturday, the absence of any similar action this year at The Bunker on Sunday, as announced by ‘Antifa Australia’, might be said to reflect poorly on the relevant party. Of course, there are other interpretations, but I’ll refrain from offering my own for the time being.

    That said, I wasn’t aware that the Forum was almost destroyed before 2009′s effort — I assumed that the non-event in 2008 was the result of internal problems, not external pressures. I guess I may have been wrong. But to recapitulate: the problems Forum organisers had in 2005 — to the best of my knowledge, the only other year in which public protest took place — had much to do with the Russian Social Club cancelling the booking. Estonian House (2006), Eastwood RSL (2007) and Petersham RSL (2009) have since proved more accommodating: I’ve no idea where Saturday’s events were held.

    Beyond this, a few qualifications are in order.

    First, I live in Melbourne, many hundreds of kms away from Sydney, and had no intention of protesting @ this year’s Forum. Further, despite assumptions to the contrary, I had nothing to do with any protest activity last year — its occurrence was as much of a surprise to me as it was to Forum organisers. What this fact suggests, if true, is that the term “your lot” describes, in reality, a number of different parties, and that the activities of these parties is not necessarily something that I’m aware of — nor, of course, do I need to be.

    Secondly, given my non-involvement in any of the activities referred to above, I’m unable to comment with any authority on them — that is, even if I thought it appropriate to do so on a public forum such as this. If those who care about such matters and are in a position to act upon their concerns care for my opinion, they ask for it. Beyond that, I cheerfully leave things up to others.

    As for the rest…

    *shrugs*

    It doesn’t really upset me that you don’t really know what you’re talking about, whether on the subject of police, proletarians, punk, or the CNT-FAI — whether in terms of its history or in its contemporary manifestations.

  5. graham day says:

    i think all of n.s.w.police are scum,lying peices of shit,the biggest criminals of all,i have had two of these scum in my own family,one burnt his own car to get the insurance money,they put you and me in jail for doing this shit,police scum

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