Australian Defence League
Media report that last night the Sydney home of Nathan Abela, the “leader” of a branch of the anti-Muslim ‘Australian Defence League’, was shot at. Police have yet to apprehend those responsible, and precise details surrounding the incident remain a little murky at this stage, with Abela supposedly having a “string of detractors”. Previously, Abela gained some small degree of notoriety by being denounced by 2GB shock jock Ray Hadley as a “cowardly bastard”.
Abela is the latest in a long line of self-proclaimed leaders of the ADL, a group whose organisational structure is unwieldy at best and exists largely as an ad hoc online formation of anti-Muslim bigots. Further, unlike in England — the birthplace of the ‘English Defence League’, which organisation provided the inspiration for the ADL — excursions on to the streets by its supporters have to this date been sporadic and poorly-attended. (Indeed, their street presence would seem to exist in inverse proportion to the amount of demented vitriol its supporters pour out online, principally by way of several dozen Facebook pages.) Most recently, the ADL declared that it would be rallying in Bendigo on Saturday, March 22 against the construction of a local mosque. To the best of my knowledge, but not for the first time, the rally appears to have been a non-event.
Australia First Party
The ‘Australia First Party’ (AF) has been carrying on like a headless chook these last few weeks, posting a series of increasingly bizarre posts about anarchists, real and alleged, and their fiendish plots to destroy #Straya. These diatribes appear to have been sparked by an earlier incident in February when the party’s headquarters in Tempe was vandalised (below). For unknown reasons, one of these posts on the party’s website (australiafirstparty.net), titled ‘Victorian Police investigate Melbourne Anarchists’, has subsequently been removed.
Finally, Honi Soit recently published an article about the White supremacist website Stormfront (AF fuehrer Dr Jim Saleam posts on the site as ‘radnat’), while tomorrow The Saturday Paper carries an article about anti-/fascism Down Under.