- Update (March 28) : It appears that the ADL has decided that discretion is the better part of valour, as one of two Facebook Event pages promoting the mini-Nuremberg Rally has been cancelled (“This event is no longer available because it has been cancelled”).* Those left holding the bag are Glenn Anderson, Mark Hill, Zowie Hodgson, Brian McCrory and Robert Wills. Oh, and the APP and the SCS have offered their support, but what this means in reality is anybody’s guess. Presumably, a few older men in cardigans and some inebriated boys wearing the Australian flag as a cape may attend.
*Following the publication of an article in the Herald Sun advertising the rally AGAINST IMMIGRANTS AND ISLAM, the ADL — a bloke from Perth called ‘Jack’ — has decided to go back to the drawing-board and, in a stroke of genius, re-titled the protest as one against Sharia Law, which is apparently about to sweep down upon Flinders Street Station. Or something. Presumably, the next step in the ADL’s ideological re-positioning will be the adjustment of its aim from the cleansing of Australia of all Muslims to defending Australia from ‘Islamic extremism’.
Update : Far-Right white supremacists planning anti-Islam march on state Parliament, Padraic Murphy, Nick Leys, Herald Sun, March 27, 2010 | Keep racism out, [Editorial], Herald Sun, March 27, 2010.
It seems like the E, E, EDL’s last ‘victory’ in Bolton has finally inspired local bigots to organise a rally of their own. Sadly for this mob, This Is
Boston, not L.A. Melbourne not Bolton, so the likelihood of any further ‘victory’ is pretty slim… although on the other hand, if the organisers can recruit local patriots from the local punk and skinhead milieu, who knows? At least then they’ll have a soundtrack.
In any event, three boofheads have nominated themselves as organisers of the event: ‘Jack’ from the ADL (Australian Defence League), Mark Hill and Robert Wills. It’s being promoted on Facebook (of course), and scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Friday, April 9 @ Flinders Street Station. The rally is then, it seems, supposed to march from Flinders Street to Parliament House on Spring Street, a process which is scheduled to take three hours.
MASS RALLY AGAINST IMMIGRANTS AND ISLAM
Date: Friday, 09 April 2010
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Location: MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Street: FLINDERS STREET STATION – PARLI[A]MENT HOUSE SPRING ST
Town/City: Melbourne, Australia
LISTEN AUSSIES, IT[‘]S TIME TO HARDEN UP, CLOSE THE GATE, LOOK AFTER OUR OWN AND KEEP OUR COUNTRY AS OUR COUNTRY.
WHO WANTS A WOMAN STONNED [sic] TO DEATH FOR REPORTING RAPE?
WHO WANTS THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTERS CIRCUMSIZED BY [a] DIRTY ARABIC BUTCHER?
WHO WANTS TO HAVE 4 WIVES (1 IS BAD ENOUGH HAHA)?
WHO WANTS THEIR 5 YEAR OLD SON LEARNING TO KILL PEOPLE?
WHO WANTS TO BE EXECUTED IN PUBLIC BECAUSE YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN ISLAM AND [the] QU’RAN?
IF YOU ANSWERED NO THEN WHY WOULDN’T YOU BE THERE??
IT[‘]S TIME TO STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!!!
Mad as cut snakes, obviously, but not necessarily unable to bring together a few angry young White men eager to demonstrate their masculinity against the enormous threat posed to them and their women by “DIRTY ARABIC BUTCHERS”. Further, given the disruption which has accompanied the antics of the Little Englanders in The Mother Country, the event is likely to attract the fulsome attention of state authorities — that, and the fact that the rally is scheduled to take place at the busiest public transport thoroughfare in Melbourne.
At a more general level, public hysteria, such as it is, regarding the supposedly corrosive effects of IMMIGRANTS AND ISLAM on Australian society is one, perhaps inevitable by-product of the relentless torrent of propaganda from the state and corporate sector regarding the threat posed by Islamists. While this is a message still strongly associated with the former HoWARd Government, which effectively used it, among other other phobias, to prolong its rule, it’s also a factor capitalised upon by the KRudd Government. Last month, KRudd re-emphasised the threat Islamists still pose to the Australian public (Homegrown terrorism an increasing threat, says Rudd, The Age, February 23, 2010) as a means of justifying, at least in part, policies which are only marginally distinguishable from his predecessor.
Leaving the context for such performances aside, the last occasion upon which local (Melbourne) bigots attempted to capitalise upon unease with the presence of Muslims in Australia was, by comparison to the antics of the ADL, relatively moderate, even if the action itself was exceedingly bizarre. Thus in December 2006, a handful of concerned suburbanites declared their intention to organise a contingent of bikini-clad women to descend upon a mosque in Brunswick; not unexpectedly, the organisers abandoned their plans soon after it became clear that: a) there was nobody actually willing to execute it and; b) a tiny number of local fascists declared their support for the proposal (see : It’s Official: ‘Chicks in Bikinis’ prefer Beaches to Mosques, December 10, 2006). In the end, the mosque declared an Open Day and hosted a community BBQ, no bigots were stoopid enough to march, and the day passed peacefully into posterity as one of the more bizarre examples of massively misguided community activism.
The ADL, then, has a difficult job ahead of it, which is partly why it’s attempting to secure support from, for example, racist yoof belonging to the Southern Cross Soldiers, and a myriad of other tiny bands of bigots. (Of course, it would welcome support from just about any quarter in the fight against IMMIGRANTS AND ISLAM.) Regardless of the level of support it does secure, local anti-racist activists have organised a meeting to discuss the event, and what might be the most appropriate response to it. Given that this is the first occasion upon which the ADL has attempted to organise such a provocation, it is also a unique opportunity to ensure that it is met with strong opposition.
Meeting to plan actions against racist rally
6pm, Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Trades Hall, Cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton
TO BE CONTINUED…
See also : Stunning victory for Scottish Defence League in Edinburgh (February 21, 2010) | EDL in Stoke (January 25, 2010) | New South Whales will NEVER have Sharia Law! (January 6, 2010) | Stop Islamisation of Harrow (in Defence of England)! (September 12, 2009) | English Defence League (September 7, 2009).