antifa notes (december 7, 2019) : failed satirist Phillip Galea guilty of terrorisms

Law & Order

Phil

On December 5, Phillip Galea was found guilty by a Victorian Supreme Court jury of carrying out acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, as well as attempting to make a document to facilitate a terrorist act, and will return to court for sentencing early next year.

tl;dr : Un-lucky Phil’s career as a stand-up comic was very short-lived.

See : Right-wing extremist found guilty of plotting attacks on Melbourne ‘left’ centres (SBS) | Melbourne far-right terror plotter Phillip Galea found guilty by jury (news dot com dot au) | Phillip Galea found guilty of plotting terrorist attacks on Melbourne ‘leftist’ centres (ABC) | Far-right Australian convicted of plotting terror attacks (The National) | Galea’s conviction is welcome but not enough (Green Left Weekly).

In which context:

• While Galea’s relationship to Reclaim Australia has been underlined in reportage on the guilty verdict, he had a range of associations over a much longer period of time. Thus in April 2010 Galea attended a farcical anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rally in Melbourne organised by the ‘Australian Defence League’, and while Galea attended protest rallies organised under the banner of RA (along with admining an RA Facebook page), the United Patriots Front and the True Blue Crew, he also helped establish the RA Media website and ‘RA media newsgroupe’ Facebook page.

• Galea’s defence lawyer Felicity Gerry gamely argued that, rather than do terrorisms, Philthy was merely ‘recruiting investigators and editors, not terrorists’. This line was also adopted by right-wing l00n Mike Holt, one of Galea’s very few patriotik defenders, who in February reckoned his comrade was merely a ‘scientist and information gatherer’. LOL.

• Reference is also made to the fact that when arson and explosive experts raided Galea’s home in November 2015 they seized five cattle prods and 362.1 grams of mercury. Unmentioned is the fact that the cattle prods were apparently provided to Galea by UPF flunkey John ‘Farma’ Wilkinson, who remains active on the far right.

Max

Fascist teenybopper Max Towns had much better luck in court this week than did poor olde Phil.

Max Towns has charges dropped due to mental health
Perry Duffin
The Daily Telegraph
December 2, 2019

The far-right teenager who attacked two journalists at a Fraser Anning press conference has had his charges dismissed because he has anxiety, gambling problems and depression.

His mental health is so poor, a court heard, that his mum had to take him to the Fraser Anning event where the incident occurred.

Max Towns was 18 when he allegedly made obscene comments to Eliza Barr at the press conference in Cronulla in April.

According to police facts, Towns then attacked photographer Dylan Robinson who had intervened and taken pictures of the private school boy after hearing the slurs.

“The video clip shows the accused as the aggressor ripping the shirt of Robinson and punching out at Robinson,” the document released by the court reads.

Towns swiped at Mr Robinson’s camera, tore his shirt and struck his face before throwing punches that failed to connect with his target. The incident was captured on video.

He previously pleaded not guilty to offensive conduct, stalk or intimidate and assault.

Police bail documents state Towns is “an associate of a far right political group” and his “actions were unprovoked and against a member of the media in a political setting”.

The now-19-year-old’s barrister William Barber told Sutherland Local Court his client comes from a “respected family” in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

He had attended Waverley College on a rugby league scholarship but never went professional.

Magistrate Michael Love, reviewing footage of the attack, said Towns has been “aggressive the whole time”.

”He was moving into alleged victim as opposed to swiping and moving away,” he said.

“He’s a young man who had a troubled past,” Mr Barber said.

“He had learning difficulties and certainly a psychological condition.”

Mr Barber called the attack “out of character” and said Towns has no history of violence or criminal record but admitted he had previously stopped taking his prescribed medicine.

He also said his client is so anxious in social situations his mum had to take him to the event.

”He finds it difficult in social gatherings that’s why she went with him,” he said.

”He’s paranoid, frightened in those situations.“

Towns, in a letter tendered to the magistrate, said he does his best to avoid physical confrontation “to the point of not leaving the house for days straight”.

“During the car trip I had numerous thoughts about turning back as I predicted a hostile environment, having seen threats on Senator Anning’s Facebook page regarding his meeting in Cronulla,” his letter reads.

Mr Barber also noted Towns’ gambling problems and said the media attention had been difficult on his mental health.

”There’s been a lot of publicity, it’s put enormous strain on the family – the Prime Minister commented on it,” he said.

“It’s a very unusual situation.”

Ultimately the magistrate dismissed the charges and ordered Towns to follow reasonable instructions of his psychiatrist and psychologist.

“If there is a repeat incident you may not get this opportunity again and you may face the full force of the law,” he warned Towns.

Towns spent the day chewing gum in the court waiting room and staring down The Daily Telegraph’s reporter before flashing the OK hand gesture.

His grandmother and mother shushed him as he called out “who do you work for?” as Mr Barber was approached for comment.

The barrister politely declined but noted he was “very happy” with the outcome.

Towns exited court into his grandmother’s car with a jacket covering his face.

He later said Towns had his own personal troubles but was a “good kid” and noted they dispute the police version of events.

tl;dr : ‘It’s Not OK To Punch Nazis, But It Is OK For Rich Kids To Punch Reporters.’

Blair

Max was one of a dozen or so brave ANZACs to join Blair Cottrell in chasing Dandyman outta Fed Square in June last year after Galea’s fave racist gang the True Blue Crew held its flagwit parade. The failed fuehrer from Frankston, described by the Christchurch terrorist as his ‘Emperor’, Cottrell awaits a verdict in his appeal against his September 2017 conviction for inciting hatred for Muslims, but otherwise appears to be enjoying life, having swapped his tomahawk for a hammer.

RaHoWa 2019

A few weeks ago, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) published its annual report on anti-Semitism in Australia. The report features a number of The Usual Suspects, many of whom would appear to rejoice in their recognition. Among those popping the champagne corks is the Facebook page ‘Make Australia Grouse Again’ (https://facebook.com/makeaustraliagrouseagain5). On Gab, the same page provides a handy summary of a number of groups and individuals named in the report, about which I provide a few more details below:

1) ‘Blair C’ = semi-pro neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell: inspiration to Brenton Tarrant, ‘mates’ with Adam Giles (the former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (2013–2016) as well as the former leader of the Country Liberal Party (CLP)), currently appealing a criminal conviction for vilification, previously guilty of stalking his ex-girlfriend and her partner (armed with a tomahawk), arson, stalking and other offences.

2) David Hilton, once known as ‘Moses Apostaticus’, has contributed many essays to Tucker Carlson’s propaganda outlet ‘The Daily Caller’, and was invited by Rowan Dean of The Spectator (Australia) to contribute his sterling prose.

3) ‘Dean A’ = ‘Dean Anderson’, one of thousands of racist froot loops on Gab (AKA ‘Twitter for nazis’). ‘Dean A’ lives in Melbourne, apparently — which fact I assume makes him vewy vewy angwy & upset.

4) ‘Deanna Favoloso’ & ‘Jamie Jae’ are two moar mouthy Gabby losers, who are also rather unfavourably disposed to Jewish folk.

5) ‘Matty Rose’ = Matthew Roebuck, a key contributor to AltRight website XYZ (founded by Brunswick music teach David Hiscox), and a former RMIT jernalism student. Both Facebook and YouTube are more than happy to host his anti-Semitic diatribes.

6) Raymond Foster is a rather cooked fellow from Queensland, who loves to have a yarn with the police who not infrequently knock on his front door. Otherwise, Raymond is very upset that in 2031 Whites will compose 50% of the Australian population, and wants to replace the current Queensland crop in the Senate with his own Good self. Good luck bro!

7) Rite-On Australia is a webshite and publishing projekt I haven’t bothered to look at in any detail, but: I’m sure it’s ace and; Neil Erikson popped up there at some point. Rite-On is a publication of ‘Sunshine Coast Safe Communities Inc’ and Ron Hutchins is its President.

8) Ryan Fletcher is an entertainingly batshit nazi who writes for XYZ and also composed From HEMP to Hitler, later voiced by the Crying Nazi Christopher Cantwell (Ryan is a YUGE fan). Often shitposting on Gab about killing Jews etc., he works in the aged-care sektor apparently.

9) Shermon ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ Burgess has gone quiet in recent months, but is a textbook example of how very patriotik Volk can often go Full Nazi … in his case, possibly triggered by the Zionist lobby’s attempts to keep blueberries xpnsv.

10) Finally, XYZ. I wrote about the meatheads responsible for this particular brand of anti-Semitic shite some time ago and they’ve ramped up the anti-Semitism quite a lot since then, but nonetheless have the 100% support of Facebook and of course YouTube.

Speaking of Facebook, it’s been the subject of further scrutiny in The Grauniad, which exposes the fact that the corporate juggernaut has been willingly engaged in a terrifically batshit and mildly profitable propaganda campaign directed at Ordinary Mums & Dads™ by some Israeli losers. See : Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit, Christopher Knaus, Michael McGowan, Nick Evershed, Oliver Holmes, December 6, 2019. Currently, there’s a federal government Senate inquiry into ‘the rampant spread of “fake news” fuelled by foreign actors on social media’, one which will undoubtedly result in harsh penalties for the corporations responsible for profiting from lies and hate.

LOL.

Radioaktivität

After a decade or so broadcasting as ‘Floating Anarchy’ on ‘The SUWA Show’ on Melbourne community radio station 3CR, Dr Cam and I have decided to return in 2020 in a slightly different, more regular (weekly) format, with a nü show called ‘Yeah Nah Pasaran’. More details to come …

PS.

• Scribe has recently published Jeff Sparrow’s essay on Fascists Among Us: online hate and the Christchurch massacre, ‘the first book since Christchurch to trace the massacre’s fascist roots and what it represents’. Jeff was nice enuff to gimme a guernsey in the Acknowledgements, and it’s recommended reading.

• A few days prior to the Galea verdict, the federal government announced its intention to spend lotsa filthy lucre on analysing and understanding cyber threats, including Reclaim Australia and ‘anarchist movement anTEEfa’.

Disrupt and deter
Herald Sun
Tamsin Rose
December 13, 2019

THE federal government is spending millions of dollars to combat cyber threats including emotional manipulation on Reddit, a site co-owned by Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian.

Threats of far-right group Reclaim Australia and anarchist movement Antifa will also be probed in the Defence-funded research projects.

Universities and institutes have been invited to bid for a raft of research projects, worth up to $4.5 million, aimed at tackling rising cybercrime and the challenges the internet and social media present.

One project, titled Modelling Cyber Polarisation and Radicalisation, seeks to understand and eventually predict extremist violence by monitoring social media.

“Little work has been conducted on the analysis of the content of cyber messaging within the Australian ­content to identify why people become violent,” the tender document reads. “Linguistic analysis of groups and many lone actors indicate they leak their intent in ­cyberspace prior to an attack.

“The long-term goal of this research is to develop a framework that takes in cultural aspects and identifies escalating violence in language of groups and individuals in cyberspace prior to and during the radicalisation stages of extremism.” Another brief identifies emotional manipulation through Reddit as of “growing concern” for governments ­internationally.

The long-term goal of the research is to understand how people use the site to control the way Australians think.

“Understanding and quantifying cyber emotional influence in online platforms can allow us to identify and disrupt potential attacks,” the document states. “This research looks at quantifying emotional contagion on Reddit.” The Morrison Government yesterday announced $88 million for a new Counter Foreign Interference Taskforce to “disrupt and deter” anyone working to undermine the ­national interest.

“Foreign interference comes from many, many different sources and it’s important that we have the capacity to deal with it,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “It’s an evolving threat and it’s also been a building and evolving response.” Meantime, former South Australian senator, now lawyer, Nick Xenophon yesterday announced he had taken on Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei Australia as a client.

The federal government blocked Huawei from rolling out Australia’s 5G network due to security concerns.

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Chasers Nightclub sponsors Richard Wolstencroft’s MUFF 2019

[Update (November 19, 2019) : While Chasers has kept shtum, Dick has chosen the occasion of International Mens Day to announce that his MUFF has been postponed to April 2020. Sad!]

Above : Dick jumping on The Trump Train /// Meeting Stefan Molyneux.

Huh.

That’s odd.

This year, the principal venue for Richard Wolstencroft’s film festival, MUFF, is Chasers nightclub, ‘Home to the legendary super club night poof doof‘, as they describe themselves.

An AltRight propagandist, Richard ‘the Nazis only wanted a united Europe like the EU’ Wolstencroft gained some smol notoriety in 2017 when he denounced the degenerate poofs responsible for winning the same-sex marriage ballot. (See also : I’ll be as homophobic as I wish’: film festival director refuses to resign, Laurence Barber, Star Observer, June 15, 2018: “I can be as racist, homophobic, psychopathic as I wish to be. I’m tired of political correctness”).

FWIW, MUFF 2018 was hosted by the Anning fanboys at ‘StudioSpace For Hire’ in Moorabbin, where ‘Final Solution’ helped launch the ‘Australian Liberty Alliance’ Victorian state election campaign in October 2018; the same venue also hosted #Eggboy when the ex-Senator (now apparently chillin’ in Trumplandia) made his own party’s campaign launch in March 2019.

Richard’s MUFF kicks off on Sunday, November 24 & poofs & others can contact Chasers to politely inquire about their $imultaneou$ $upport for poof$ & $emi-pro homophobe$ by way of their website & Facebook /// Instagram /// Twitter.

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Iron March Leaks : Aussie Pride Edition (1)

[Update (November 16, 2019) : Perhaps inevitably, the exposure of the nazis on Iron March has triggered a backlash. First, the Proud Boys have been mobilising to report Twitter accounts which details the leaks, with some smol degree of success. (Seemingly, the Boys want to protecc the reputation of Proud Boy Joseph Evans, who posted on the site as ‘OvenEngineer’.) Secondly, billionaire meathead Jack Dorsey and Twitter have suspended the account of The Jewish Worker (@jewishworker), much preferring the public use the platform to familiarise themselves with Richard Spencer‘s antisemitism than the news & views of Jewish workers. Finally, ironmarch-web.now.sh is down but ironmarch.exposed is up.]

[Update (November 15, 2019) : One local forum user, ‘Neizbezhnost’, has been exposed as 25yo Territorian Steve Braddy. See : Inside the twisted world of a braggart Australian neo-Nazi, Mark Schliebs, The Australian, November 15, 2019.]

A few days ago, a digital pixie uploaded the contents of defunct neo-Nazi site Iron March (IM: 2011–2017).

See : Massive White Supremacist Message Board Leak: How to Access and Interpret the Data, Bellingcat Investigation Team, November 6, 2019 | Neo-Nazi forum Iron March exposed in massive data dump, Claire Goforth, The Daily Dot, November 7, 2019 | Leak from neo-Nazi site could identify hundreds of extremists worldwide, Jason Wilson, The Guardian, November 7, 2019 | Inside the Private Messages of Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen Division, Kelly Weill, The Daily Beast, November 8, 2019 | Members of violent white supremacist website exposed in massive data dump, Dan Goodin, arstechnica, November 8, 2019 | Neo-Nazi Web Forum Iron March Has SQL Database Dumped on the Internet Archive, Tom McKay, Gizmodo, November 8, 2019.

The dump is rather large, contains lots of intriguing details, and will take some time to sort through. Still: ‘At least three members of the U.S. military were registered users on the influential neo-Nazi forum Iron March, according to an analysis of an anonymous data dump from the site this week. And one of them, a Marine, was apparently using Iron March to try to recruit people for a fascist paramilitary group he wanted to launch in the U.S.’.

The database is accessible through various means, but The Jewish Worker has published it in a more-easily searchable format here and/or here. There’s also been discussion about some of the technical details inre communications on the site and the various alternatives (Discord, Skype, encrypted email services) its users sometimes employed, with one blogger asking: ‘How do right-wing extremists secure their communications? The recent Iron March data leak gives insight into how its members tried to communicate outside the message board’ (Communications Security on Iron March – An Intelligence Analysis, Key Findings, November 9, 2019).

Above : ‘Daddy Terror’ AKA Benjamin Noyles AKA Benjamin Raymond.

Curiously, one of the users cited in the keyfindings analysis, ‘Daddy Terror’ (AKA Benjamin Noyles AKA Benjamin Raymond, the founder of National Action), both ‘encourages people to act more sensibly so they don’t get themselves doxed by leftists’ and also claims (January 16, 2017) that, inre the exposure of US neo-Nazi activist Mike Enoch/Peinovich, ‘slackbastard is familiar to me as a grizzled australian antifa (maybe I am mistaken), the type of person you expect to be an internet antifascist, in his 40’s most likely and so I imagine there was a large team around him and he is probably getting money from somewhere’.

Note that, while a number of members of National Action have been jailed after having been found to be members of a proscribed terrorist organisation, ‘Daddy Terror’ Benjamin remains very much at-large. (On NA and its legal travails in the UK, see : ‘The Evolution of Extreme-Right Terrorism and Efforts to Counter it in the United Kingdom’, CTC Sentinel – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol.12, No.1, January 2019; ‘”Only bullets can stop us!” The banning of National Action in Britain’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol.12, No.6, December 2018).

The site, established by ‘Alexander Slavros’ AKA Alisher Mukhitdinov, gained some notoriety for helping give birth to Atomwaffen, though was also the launchpad for the Australian neo-Nazi groupuscule ‘Antipodean Resistance’ (AR). Indeed, just a few days prior to the leak, it was reported that: ‘Last year, a German offshoot of the U.S. neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division announced its existence to the world with a chilling video declaring “National Socialism is alive.” Now, it’s issuing death threats to left-wing German politicians’ (The German Branch of a U.S. Neo-Nazi Group Has a ‘Kill List’ of Left-Wing Politicians, Tim Hume, Vice, November 6, 2019), while in June Shane Burley and Alexander Reid Ross discussed how I was the target of alt-right death threats across the internet – here’s what happened next (The Independent, June 19, 2019).

As for the Australian contingent on IM, there were approximately 50+ users, most of whom left very interesting online trails. Some are known fascists: Lisa Beulah/Sandford AKA ‘Eva’ gets a guernsey, as does Matthew Grant AKA ‘Matty G08’ — Grant is the leader of the ‘Eureka Youth League’ (a tiny offshoot of the ‘Australia First Party’, but for yoof) — and even Shermon ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ Burgess AKA ‘Aussie_Patriot’; others are more obscure. One example is ‘Sigurd79’ AKA Steven Pidgeon. Pidgeon appears to be Very Normie on his social media profiles — on Twitter he describes himself as a ‘Law and Business (HRM) Student – Aspiring Lawyer with a passion for law reform – Looking to leave the world a better place’ — but his postings and messages on IM suggest a rather more complex picture.

Further investigation will no doubt reveal more interesting facts about the Australian users of IM, but in the meantime it’s worth reiterating the site’s status as the birthplace of AR, and the critical role played by users ‘Xav’ and ‘kehlsteinhaus’. Based in Melbourne, the dynamic nazi duo provide some detail about themselves that’s likely to end in tears, but you can read background material elsewhere on the blog: Who are Antipodean Resistance? (August 2018 Update) /// Jacob Hersant : An Antipodean Resistance Lad (April 13, 2018) /// Who are Antipodean Resistance? (September 28, 2017).

TO BE CONTINUED …

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Richard Spencer, Backpfeifengesicht, Being Very Angwy About Charlottesville & Jews

Remember Richard Spencer, the man blessed with Backpfeifengesicht? In leaked audio, he sounds off in the aftermath of Charlottesville, the fascist gathering known as ‘Unite The Right’ he helped organise at which a neo-Nazi murdered protester Heather Heyer.

CW : explicit language / racism …

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antifa notes (october 21, 2019)

Proudly Marching For Babies

Last year, Bernie Finn MP’s annual ‘March for the Babies’ employed members of the neo-Nazi groupuscule The Lads Society to provide security for the event; this year, the Lads were replaced by members of the Proud Boys, a number of whom also joined ex-Senator Fraser Anning’s parade in St Kilda in January.

Far right figures feature at abortion rally
Tom Minear
Herald Sun
October 14, 2019

Far-right extremists have joined Liberal MP Bernie Finn at his annual pro-life march to push changes to Victoria’s abortion laws.

Mr Finn, the president of March for the Babies, led the rally through the city last Saturday, which was also reportedly attended by Liberal colleague Neil Angus.

Members of the male-only far-right “Proud Boys” were seen at the rally, with a post on the group’s website describing a confrontation after the march with a counter-protester at a CBD bar.

Mr Finn told the crowd that Victoria “still has the worst, most extreme abortion law in Australia and one of the worst in the world”.

He also gave an interview at the rally to Dia Beltran, who runs a far-right YouTube channel which has featured notorious extremists Neil Erikson and Blair Cottrell, and who reportedly attended a Liberal fundraiser recently.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos called on the Liberal Party to condemn extremists “instead of walking in lock-step” with them.

“This is just more of the same from the leaderless Victorian Liberal Party and shows once again they are being infiltrated by elements of the far-right,” she said.

Mr Finn said he knew “precisely nothing about the Proud Boys”, and that Ms Beltran had introduced herself on Saturday as a blogger and had asked for the interview.

He said it was a “sensational” day with a crowd of more than 4000 people.

Asked if any far-right extremists had attended, he told the Herald Sun: “I don’t know anybody who fits that description to tell you the truth.”

Other attendees reportedly included far-right activist Avi Yemini and Kathy Clubb, a mother of 13 children who launched a failed challenge to laws that ban protesters harassing patients outside abortion clinics.

The crowd also heard from New South Wales Liberal MP Nathaniel Smith, who recently said he was “disgusted” at changes to abortion laws in his home state.

Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, who attended a rival pro-choice rally on Saturday, also questioned Mr Finn’s “disturbing embrace of the far-right and their ideas”.

But Mr Finn said: “I’m not aware of any undesirable elements turning up at all, apart from Fiona Patten.”

Note that:

Above : Proud Boys Australia lvl boss Nicholas Stone with recently-retired AltRight propagandist Lauren Southern during her tour last year. Like Bernie Finn, the organiser of Southern & Molyneux’s tour, Christian fun-da-mentalist Dave Pellowe, also hired The Lads Society to provide security for the tour (George Christensen MP was a very special guest of Pellowe’s).

• The Proud Boy Australia website is registered to and maintained by NSW resident Nicholas Stone, who works in the security industry;
• In addition to interviewing Finn, Erikson, Cottrell and various other luminaries, AltLite YouTube personality Claudia Benitez (‘Dia Beltran’) recently attended Hawthorn Uniting Church in order to disrupt a church meeting. Erikson, one of her comrades on that occasion, has subsequently been charged with Disturbing religious worship; he returns to court on November 4;
• Avi Yemini was convicted in July of unlawfully assaulting his former partner, using a carriage service to harass on three occasions and breaching a personal safety order; he returns to court to face other charges on November 6 and 28;
• In the last few months Finn’s other mates in The Lads Society have decided to be open about their embrace of neo-Nazism, by way of declaring themselves a national socialist project and expressing particular appreciation for Nazi ideology on women;
Samantha Kutner keeps track of Proud Boys activity in North America by way of various writings on the subject and this map.

Phillip Galea

Above : Neil Erikson interviews Phil Galea.

100% Dinky-Di True-Blue Aussie Patriot Phillip Galea is currently on trial in Melbourne for alleged terrorisms, viz plotting terrorist attacks on Trades Hall in Carlton, The Melbourne Anarchist Club in Northcote and the Resistance Centre in the city. Inter alia, it was revealed last week that Galea allegedly told others he wanted to cut the throats of people in the CBD and create a “line of dead lefties”.

Freedom to Jock Palfreeman

Cafe Gummo is hosting a benefit gig for Jock Palfreeman on Thursday, November 7, featuring the fabulous talents of HORNY ELKS (‘Local ska punks of Russian descent, horns meet jarring riffs; break out the vodka and get ready to party’), WHEN OUR TURN COMES (‘The radical left rockers return to the Gummo stage to deliver another round of hiphop infused punk’), MISHA DOUMNOV (‘After many years living overseas, Misha plays his first return gig of improvised noise /// a storm of eastern darkness’) & more TBA.

• $10 Waged /// $5 Unwaged /// Free for First Nations Mob, Asylum Seekers & Refugees;
• Door charge & cut of bar takings will go directly to Jock to help him pay legal fees & living expenses pending his safe return;
• Additional solidarity donations welcome /// BPRA merch available on the night (cash only).

This event will take place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We wish to pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

See also : ‘Everybody hates us’: on Sofia’s streets, Roma face racism every day, Vivek Chaudhary, The Guardian, October 20, 2019.

Bonus! Milo

Nazi-sympathising pedophile apologist and #PellDefender Milo Yiannopoulos — a Proud Boys favourite — has lost his Dangerous website (possibly SOLD! to an obscure Left-wing gay blog, who knows …).

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Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman : Solidemo, Melbourne, OCT 19, 2019

The Strange Case of Jock Palfreeman keeps evolving. As I write, Jock has been released from Busmantsi Detention Centre in Sofia, but is unable to leave Bulgaria until such time as the Prosecutor-General says so. I’ll probably write more on the case later, but in the meantime:

1) There’s a solidemo on Saturday, October 19 at midday at the State Library of Victoria. For more infos, please see the Facebook event page.

2) Jock needs money: ‘Please donate to support Jock Palfreeman’s expenses in prison and defending himself against the attacks of the Head Prosecutor of Bulgaria. There is no minimum donation required. Money raised will cover a variety of ongoing expenses of Jock’s day to day life and legal situation.’

3) A petition to Bring Jock Home remains in circulation and has obtained almost 7,000 signatures.

4) ABC’s Australian Story is featuring Jock on Monday, October 21: ‘When Jock was released on parole recently having served 12 years in jail, he and his father, Simon Palfreeman, could have been forgiven for thinking their nightmare was over. But a new crisis unfolded when Jock was caught up in a bitter stoush when politicians argued against his parole. He remains in limbo. Airs Monday October 21, 8pm (AEDT), on ABCTV and iview.’

5) A benefit gig is being organised for a coupla weeks from now …

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antifa notes (october 10, 2019) : Neo-Nazi gig in Melbourne this Saturday, OCT 12 &&&

Update (October 16, 2019) : According to this report by Zach Hope (The Age), the nazi pop concert was cancelled … No show: Melbourne’s neo-Nazi concert ‘cancelled’.

See also : Deadly attack targets synagogue in Germany — as it happened, Elizabeth Schumacher, Deutsche Welle, October 9, 2019 (‘A shooting outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle left two people dead and two injured. Interior Minister Seehofer confirmed an anti-Semitic motive’) | Anti-Semitic bullying at Melbourne schools prompts call for more Holocaust education, SBS (AAP), October 3, 2019.

Boneheads

As noted previously, this Saturday, October 12, Melbourne plays host to a gig organised by two local neo-Nazi groupuscules, ‘Blood & Honour Australia’ and the ‘Southern Cross Hammerskins’.

The gig — contrary to ABC reportage — is the Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig, not the Hammered Festival; Donaldson, who died in a car crash in 1993, was the person chiefly responsible, along with fellow bonehead Nicky Crane, for establishing B&H in the UK in 1987.

The ISD gig, which has been held in Melbourne annually for about the last 25 years, is as in years previous being held at an undisclosed location. (Previous venues have included the Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy, the Melbourne Croatia Social Club in Sunshine, the Beaconsfield Hotel and river cruises on the Yarra.)

Unlike previous years, and presumably as a result of the Christchurch and other recent massacres by extreme-right actors, this year’s gig has generated some media attention and also opposition. Among other things, GetUp! has generated a petition with 28,000 signatures to ‘demand the Federal and Victorian Governments shut this concert down and ensure neo-Nazis have no place to spread hate in our community’.

The Andrews’ state government has responded by noting that the neo-Nazi gathering is entirely lawful.

In addition, Jews Against Fascism, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and Jewish Labour Bund (Melbourne) have published a petition to demand ‘No Platform for Hate! Demand webpage hosts deregister neo-Nazi gig organisers’:

Since the petition went up, Fast2Host (UK) have removed the Southern Cross Hammerskins website from their server, but GoDaddy (US) is committed to ensuring that 9% Productions and Blood & Honour Australia are able to promote neo-Nazism.

So … the gig is going ahead, there’ll be a gathering of around 50–100 neo-Nazis in Melbourne this weekend, and if you spot any, feel free to lemme know.

Australia First Party & The Lads Society Say “Boo China!”

Along with Andrew Bolt, both AFP and TLS are hopping-mad about the fact that, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Box Hill cop shop briefly flew the Chinese flag. But while the Pell Defender will presumably be busy doing other things on Saturday, AFP and The Lads will be gathering outside the police station to have a whinge. Previously, Lads fuehrer Tom Sewell ranted about China and Japan outside the station to an audience of a handful of other neo-Nazi Lads.

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Speaking of nazis with bad tempers …

Trial for far-right NSW man over threats
Australian Associated Press
October 8, 2019

A Sydney man linked to a white nationalist party has been committed to stand trial after allegedly threatening to smash a Melbourne lawyer and journalist “to a pulp”.

Nathan Jacob Sykes, aged in his 50s, has been charged with five offences after he allegedly used a communications device to threaten serious harm, menace and harass freelance investigative journalist Luke McMahon.

Sykes, who has denied the charges, said nothing in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday as magistrate Jennifer Atkinson committed him for trial in the District Court on October 25.

He was accompanied by his lawyer but – unlike his first court mention in April – far-right extremist and leader of the Australia First Party Jim Saleam was not by his side.

Saleam has repeatedly blogged about the case and Mr McMahon since charges were laid, naming Sykes as an AFP member.

According to the police charge sheet, Sykes threatened the journalist in January 2018 that people would “stick you out in Melbourne and smash you to a f***ing pulp”.

“You dumb f*** you’re out of your f***ing league and you’re dead,” police allege Sykes said.

Another offence the same month allegedly involved a threat to “stamp your f***ing teeth into the sidewalk”.

His bail conditions ban him from entering Victoria, going within two kilometres of the University of Sydney or leaving the country.

Sykes is also banned from contacting Mr McMahon or posting comments on social media or traditional media that relate to the lawyer or his family.

• Oh. Also on Saturday there’s the annual ‘March for Babies’. Last year, the march organisers employed TLS to provide security for the event, which naturally attracted the support of all the usual dregs. Speaking of which …

• Avi Yemini has recently joined Neil Erikson in trying to troll protesters in Melbourne. Both naughty boys have upcoming court dates for engaging in similar acts of idiocy in the past, and can be guaranteed to carry on in precisely the same manner in future. Thus a few weeks ago Yeminem announced that he’d been charged with five offences over his conduct at last year’s state election; in July, he was found guilty of unlawfully assaulting his former partner, using a carriage service to harass, and breaching an IVO. He got some tiny fines as a result. Yemini’s next court dates are in Melbourne Magistrates’ (November 6) and Moorabbin (November 28), while Erikson’s next court dates are scheduled for November 1 (below Erikson & Yeminem have a yarn at a right-wing rally).

See also : Australia isn’t taking the national security threat from far-right extremism seriously enough, Greg Barton, The Conversation, October 3, 2019.

Bonus! Ustahsa Rampant

Oh yeah — a shity rock band in Sydney called ‘The Rampants’ caused a fuss at a gig in Sydney at the beginning of the month, when they attacked some teenagers at a show at Staves Brewery. See : Riot averted at teen punk show in Sydney, The Music Network, October 1, 2019.

The responsible band — not mentioned in the report — is called ‘The Rampants’. They’ve since deleted their Facebook page — https://facebook.com/therampantspunk — but are still cranking out the hits on Bandcamp. The band is very closely connected to Sydney United Supporters / Cheeky Terrace Youth, who are mAdly in love with Mister Adolf Hitler & Mister Ante Pavelić. One band member, Christian Pervan (vox/gits), has been a very naughty boy in the past: in 2015, he copped a 5-year ban by Football NSW (PDF).

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Free Jock Palfreeman (October 2019 Edition)

Update (October 16, 2019) : Jock Palfreeman released from Bulgarian detention centre after being granted parole, ABC. Jock needs financial support for ongoing legal costs and living expenses while he awaits the court’s decision. You can donate to him here.

Update (October 7, 2019) : The court met but has reserved its decision for some point in the future — probably several months. Jock, meanwhile, is forced to reside in detention. See : Jock Palfreeman’s fate unclear after Bulgarian court adjourns Australian’s parole hearing, Bridget Brennan, ABC | Jock Palfreeman remains in limbo as Bulgarian court adjourns his case, Josh Dye, The Age | Jock Palfreeman remains behind bars as Bulgarian court adjourns hearing, Ben Doherty, The Guardian | Jock Palfreeman could face further two months behind Bulgarian bars after case adjourned, SBS (AAP).

Update (October 2, 2019) : Originally scheduled to meet on October 23, Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation is instead convening on October 7 to address the application from Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General to overturn Jock’s parole.

Oh hai.

• As you may be aware, Jock Palfreeman is currently languishing in a migrant detention centre in Sofia, despite having won his parole a few weeks ago.

• I’ve written an article about Jock’s situation for Overland, which you can read here.

• Last week, Cam & I interviewed Caro Staples about Jock’s case, which you can listen to here.

• Ash Dupre started this petition to Scott Morrison (Prime Minister of Australia) to Bring Jock Home, which you can sign here.

Antifa International has published a call-to-action:

IT’S TIME FOR US TO TAKE ACTION TO DEFEND JOCK!

1) Write to the Bulgarian ambassador in your country to demand that Sotir Tsatsarov revoke his appeal of Jock’s parole and that Bulgaria immediately release Jock. Find a list of Bulgarian embassies here.

2) Contact the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s office to demand that Tsatsarov revoke his appeal of Jock’s parole and that Bulgaria immediately release Jock. Contact information here.

3) Contact Australian foreign minister Marise Payne and demand that Australia take the strongest action possible to convince the Bulgarian government to revise the appeal of Jock’s parole and release Jock to Australia immediately. Contact information here.

4) Contact Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and demand that Australia take the strongest action possible to convince the Bulgarian government to revise the appeal of Jock’s parole and release Jock to Australia immediately. Contact information here.

5) Share this information widely – an immediate, large, and vocal response from Jock’s supporters around the world may be the difference between Jock’s freedom and nine more years in a Bulgarian prison!

• A solidemo has been organised for Thursday, October 10 in Sydney:

WHEN : 5.30PM
WHERE : Sydney Town Hall (483 George Street, Sydney)
WHY : Bring Jock Home
MORE INFOS : Facebook

#FreeJock

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‘White supremacists condemned’ : Blood & Honour, Melbourne (October 12, 2019)

[Update (September 18, 2019) : The Age (‘Not now, not ever’: Demands to shut down Melbourne neo-Nazi concert, Zach Hope, September 17, 2019) and ToneDeaf (A Neo-nazi concert has been announced for Melbourne and… can we, like, not?, Mike Hohnen, September 16, 2019) have published articles about the gig.]


Above : Members of the Southern Cross Hammerskins & feeder organisation Crew 38 (c. 2010).

Last week, 7 News reported that on Saturday, October 12 a ‘white power’ concert organised by Blood & Honour Australia will be taking place in Melbourne.

Below are some comments in response.

To begin with:

1) The gig is being organised by two neo-Nazi grouplets: Blood & Honour (B&H) Australia — see Blut Und Ehre — and the Southern Cross Hammerskins (SCHS).

2) The event is organised annually, on or about the anniversary of the death of B&H founder Ian Stuart Donaldson (1957–1993). It’s been held in Melbourne, uninterrupted, for the last 25 years.

3) The organisation and promotion of the gig is lawful activity.

4) It’s a private affair, held at a non-disclosed venue, and attendees are vetted by organisers. Previous venues have included The Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne Croatian Social Club (2007), community centres, river cruises and (semi-)rural properties.

5) The organisers are known to authorities, and accounts of the event are regularly published in the B&H zine.

6) Fortress, the headline act, is described in the report as a well-known band on the Australian ‘white power’ music scene. That’s kinda sorta correct, however: there’s only a handful of WP bands in Australia; Fortress is Big In Japan Europe. Thus one of their last gigs was in Verona, Italy to celebrate Hitler’s birthday (April 20), while the band has also played in Germany since reforming in 2017.

7) The report concludes by noting that: The Blood and Honour Australia group refuses to speak to journalists, believing the media is controlled by Jewish interests. Its chapter in Germany was banned in 2000 for promoting music that allegedly inspired a string of attacks on foreigners.

The group’s refusal is a sensible policy, as there’s nothing to be gained from speaking to (((the media))), who regularly promote their events in any case. Further, and somewhat oddly, while B&H is banned in Germany (2000), it’s also banned in Spain (2010) and Russia (2012) and earlier this year Canadian authorities proscribed it as a ‘terrorist’ organisation (though this would appear to apply to the Combat 18 splinter). B&H/C18 has also been linked to the assassination of German politician Walter Lübcke in June of this year.

As for the Hammerskins, they’re banned in Spain (2009) and Portugal (2010?). In 2016 in Portugal, 20 members were arrested and charged with hate crimes, attempted murder and robbery; in 2017, German members of the Hammerskins attacked a gig in Mallorca.

Of course, the most serious act of violence carried out by a Hammerskin was the massacre of Sikhs in Wisconsin in 2012.

8) I haven’t paid all that much attention to B&H/SCHS in the last few years (it’s pretty much steady-as-she-goes) but in September last year I did note that:

Pioneering Aussie reich ‘n’ rollers Fortress have recorded a new album: ‘Brothers of the Storm’. The release comes in the wake of renewed touring by the band in Europe, with the boys playing a Hammerskins event in Frankreich (FRA) on March 18 last year, the annual memorial to Skrewydriver Ian Stuart Donaldson in Melbourne (AUS) on October 14, 2017 and another bonehead gig in Queensland on July 21, 2018.

9) The gig regularly attracts anywhere from 50 to 100 neo-Nazis. They spend the weekend partying in Melbourne and may sometimes be found doing so in English theme pubs, German restaurants and the like. So from October 11-13, please be aware they will be about … See : Dahlonega rally organizer on probation for 2016 assault in local bar, Chris Joyner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 13, 2019 (A police report from that night describes Doles as the leader of a group of Hammerskins, a racist skinhead gang with chapters around the nation, who fought with other bar patrons. According to a witness statement, Doles “went wild and began striking people indiscriminately” in response to a patron who said they hated skinheads, but then fled the scene when police were called and had to be tracked down near the campus of the University of North Georgia.).

For news on the many crimes & misdemenours of the Hammerskins in the US, see : SPLC Hatewatch on Hammerskins; see also : A Brief History Of Neo-Nazi Music In Australia (December 2, 2010).

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antifa notes (august 28, 2019) : Evans / (Ngo) Boys / Lads

Dr Cam & I done a interview with Robert Evans (Behind the Bastards /// bellingcat) for the August edition of Floating Anarchy on The SUWA Show on 3CR.

You can listen to the podcast version here.

I also recommend listening to Evans’ audiobook, The War On Everyone, from Chapter 1: The Eternal Fascist — ‘There is nothing new under the sun. In this chapter, you’ll learn about “Ur-Fascism”, and how humor and irony have historically been used to enable its rise’ — to Chapter 7: The Digital Reich — ‘This is where we are now: an era where a distributed network of individual extremists are able to radicalize each other and inspire acts of violence worldwide. This is not the result of an unhappy accident, or an unforeseen consequence of the digital era. It’s the result of decades of careful planning.’

No Ngo No

Quillette, ‘The Magazine of Contemporary Phrenology’, has lost one of its contributing editors: Andy Ngo.

You may remember Ngo from when he was mUrdErEd by a hit squad of anTEEfa supersoldiers in Portland a few months ago.

Well … kinda. Actually, Ngo survived his brain injury well enough to tell lies about the El Paso shooting. Hence:

Far-right networks on Twitter are trying to use a hoax spread by an American Conservative news and opinion website a few days ago to blame a mass shooting in El Paso on “antifa” — a loose collective of left-wing activists who focus on combating racism, sexism, xenophobia and other oppressive ideologies … In its July 30 story, the Daily Caller cited Andy Ngo as its source for the claim … And as one of the most prominent foot soldiers in the right-wing’s war on antifa, Ngo never misses a chance to manufacture fear-mongering propaganda targeting his foes.

Anyway, Ngo’s departure from that august intellectual journal Quillette was immediately preceded by the public exposure of his participation in a group which attacked Portland venue Cider Riot on May Day 2019. This has been helpfully documented by Some Guy called ‘Ben’, who infiltrated the group. See : Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who’s Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside, Alex Zielinski, Portland Mercury, August 26, 2019.

See also : Super Awkward for Right-Wing Blogger Andy Ngo to Make a Cameo in Video of Plot Against Antifa, Tess Owen, VICE, August 28 2019 | Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces, Will Sommer, The Daily Beast, August 26, 2019 | Portland’s Andy Ngo Is the Most Dangerous Grifter in America, Arun Gupta, Jacobin, August 16, 2019 | We’re Being Played, Shane Burley, Commune, August 1, 2019 | Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star, Joseph Bernstein, BuzzFeed, July 18, 2019.

Ngo’s departure from Quillette also followed on from an American Guard/Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys rally in Portland on August 17 to ‘End Domestic Terrorism’ (by way of criminalising anti-fascism). Trump was a YUGE fan of the rally, but it attracted more counter-protesters than it did supporters and, on the whole, apart from a supportive tweet from Cheeto Mussolini — along with celebrations by Fox (etc.) — it was not a suckcess. On the plus side: These Fascists Inadvertently Raised Over $35,000 For A Cause They Hate, Christopher Mathias, The Huffington Post, August 25, 2019 (‘For each member of the Proud Boys or other fascist groups that marched in Portland, counterprotesters pledged money to an Oregon immigrant rights group‘). See also : 1 hammer, 1 ‘antifa mob chase’: A closer look at Portland’s viral protest moments, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian, August 19, 2019.

Lads

Neo-Nazi groupuscule ‘The Lads Society’ looks set to lose its organising centre in Ashfield in Sydney soon.

Things have been a little tougher for the Lads since: a) their chum Brenton Tarrant slaughtered 51 Muslims in Christchurch and; b) Gruppenführer Tom Sewell declared that if his Lads weren’t able to maintain their cubby huts in Melbourne and Sydney (and Brisbane), they might be tempted, like Tarrant, to turn to violence.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Finally:

• Last week, convicted racist and serial pest Neil Erikson was (again) charged with disturbing a religious service, after he & AltLite YouTube micro-celebrity Claudia Benitez (‘Dia Beltran’) gate crashed a queer-friendly Christian church in Hawthorn on May 12. Erikson has previously been charged with disturbing a Muslim prayer service in Fed Square in Melbourne and, while a warrant has reportedly been issued for his arrest, has yet to face court for disrupting a church service in Gosford, NSW.

• Also last week, Law & Order campaigner Kim Vuga of the ‘Love Australia or Leave’ micro-party has been embarrassed by the (alleged) criminal antics of her son, Jaimee Ronald Madden, who’s been charged with 15 offences, including armed robbery and carjacking, after an incident in Southport, Queensland.

• Simon Hickey, ‘The Nazi Sparky’ and sometime sponsor of Andrew Anglin’s neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, appears not to have enjoyed commercial success by way of his open endorsement of neo-Nazism. Back in late 2018/early 2019, Hickey lost some legal battles; last month (July), Hickey announced that he would be shutting up shop.

“Thanks Trotsky!”

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