No place for race hatred
November 1, 2009
THERE is no place in a modern multicultural society such as ours for race-hate groups.
Sadly, they do exist. One that has recently come to our attention is an insidious neo-Nazi group calling itself the Australian chapter of Blood and Honour.
Members of this group profess hatred for Africans, Asians, Jews, Arabs, Indians and Pakistanis – in fact, all non-white races. They detest Barack Obama, multiculturalism and refugees, while paying homage to the memory of Adolf Hitler and the symbol of the Holocaust – the swastika.
About 30 members of the paranoid hate group came from around the nation to a secret meeting at the Tivoli German Club in Windsor on September 11. In appearance, they were mainly stereotypes.
Many had shaved heads and wore bomber jackets. Some had racist slogans tattooed on their bodies. They came to share their hatred of “the enemy” and to meet with potential new members.
The Tivoli Club, now expressing regret for unwittingly hosting the meeting, said it had a “no-swastika” policy.
It is inappropriate for the Tivoli Club, or any local community venue, to allow neo-Nazis to gather at their premises.
The extremist groups, according to human rights groups, are becoming more dangerous because they can now use more sophisticated means of communication in the cyberworld and link internationally.
It is bad enough that the internet allows such groups a vehicle to peddle race hatred, misguided beliefs and poisonous propaganda.
But it is perhaps even more disturbing to realise that a neo-Nazi group can gather in a renowned Melbourne community venue to spew hatred.
Only four years after race riots in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla, we must come to terms with the reality that groups of white supremacists also exist in our part of the country.
These extremist groups are small in number, but their fist-clenching hatred is real. They are dedicated to recruiting new members into their armies, sometimes through seemingly innocent rock concerts.
We urge police to keep a close watch on all white-supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in our midst. All reasonable Victorians, who celebrate our multiculturalism, will be opposed to their existence.
B&H has been operating in Australia for many years.
The meeting on September 11 at the German Tivoli Club took place the day before B&H — together with their neo-Nazi comrades in the (Southern Cross) Hammerskins — organised a gig to commemorate the death in 1993 of B&H co-founder (with similarly dead bonehead Nicky Crane) Ian Stuart Donaldson (‘ISD’). The gig took place at an undisclosed venue, and featured local neo-Nazi bands ‘Open Season’, ‘Ravenous’ and at least one and possibly two other bands. In 2008, the annual ‘ISD’ gig took place at ‘The Beaconsfield Hotel’ in Beaconsfield; in 2007 at the ‘Melbourne Croatia Social Club’ in Sunshine; in 2006 (and in previous years) at ‘The Birmingham Hotel’ in Fitzroy. (Note that The Birmingham has since undergone a process of de-Nazification, following what, according to Doug Smith — of Bulldog Spirit / Marching Orders / Skin Heads Neither For Nor Against Racial Prejudice — was “a pretty unsuccessful boycott”.)
In Victoria, the principal organiser / ‘state representative’ for B&H is Justin O’Brien. Justin manages a tattoo shop in Burwood: ‘Hold Fast Body Art’. On Monday, September 28, Justin and three of his comrades paid a visit to the ‘Melbourne Anarchist Resource Centre’ in Northcote, where they interrupted a meeting of a group campaigning against sexual violence. According to witnesses, Justin stated, inter alia, that he wanted to know my location — and not, I think, in order to exchange recipes for lemon cheesecake — and threatened those present, and any other group — in fact, all other users of the space, and ‘antifa’ generally — with (continued) violence if anti-fascist activity in Melbourne did not stop.
This activity would include, presumably, my own blogging on the subject.
Thus far, Justin’s visit has received minimal publicity — only one local newspaper reported on it. On the other hand, news of his declaration of war upon all those in Melbourne who may not be kindly disposed towards Nazism — and those, like Justin, who continue to celebrate its legacy — has been spread around various local activist communities, and the general consensus, it seems, on my estimation, is that this action was neither big nor clever.
Speaking of neither big nor clever, John Kopko, one of the men involved in a knife fight during a speech given by Holocaust revisionist David Irving in Florida several days ago, was reportedly a member of ‘Crew 38’, the subsidiary mob for prospective members of the Hammerskins.
Of the four men who attended MARC on September 28, one was equipped with a ‘Crew 38’ patch.
- German Club Tivoli / Deutscher Verein Melbourne Inc.
291 Dandenong Road
Windsor VIC 3181
Telephone: +61 3 9529 5211
Facsimile: +61 3 9510 5271
NB. http://www.youtube.com/user/genocidal88 is the YouTube channel for Jesse ********, the principal organiser for the Hammerskins in Victoria (and hence a close comrade of Justin’s). Oddly, Jesse has recently decided — or perhaps been forced? — to remove his videos from circulation on YouTube. Also removed from circulation, sadly, is the song Jesse sang titled ‘Oh no here comes an Abo’; a song recorded with members of the Belgian neo-Nazi band ‘Kill Baby Kill’ while they were on tour (2008).
Finally, note that B&H and the Hammerskins are organising a gig on the Gold Coast a few days prior (April 17) to Hitler’s birthday (April 20). Scheduled to jackboot on stage are Jesse’s band ‘Ravenous’, the proudly (neo-)Nazi ‘Open Season’ and some foreign (neo-)Nazis.
Definitely one for the diary.
Eleni Hale and Liam Houlihan
Sunday Herald Sun
November 1, 2009
VICTORIA Police has warned race-hate groups they will face the full force of the law following revelations of Melbourne’s neo-Nazi underworld.
In September, neo-Nazis met at a gathering organised by members of Blood & Honour at the German Club Tivoli in Windsor.
There they openly vilified minorities, encouraged each other to target non-whites with violence and showed off swastika tattoos.
The scenes have prompted authorities to remind the fascist groups their hate speech is illegal.
“Victoria Police does not tolerate unlawful racial and religious vilification and will use available legislation to pursue anyone who commits or incites such behaviour,” a spokeswoman warned.
The president of the German Club Tivoli, which hosted one of the neo-Nazi meetings, said he would now issue direct written instructions to staff not to accommodate members of the group.
Eddie Reichman said the booking was made in a man’s name and the staff member responsible was no longer with the club.
“If they’ve been in here, it’s been without our knowledge and against the policy of the club,” Mr Reichman said.
He said no swastikas were allowed at the premises.
“We’re following the guidelines that we’re getting from the Consular Department and the embassy (saying) what the German Government’s policy is and it’s just not on,” he said.
“That particular group is known to the club as some tattoo club, I was told.
“They were wearing all different tattoos, not particularly just swastikas, I was told.”
Anti-racist group Fight Dem Back said mainstream businesses hosting neo-Nazis was completely unacceptable.
Inside look at racist group
Eleni Hale and Liam Houlihan
Sunday Herald Sun
November 1, 2009
The gathering resembles a scene from Romper Stomper.
A skinhead in his late 20s shows off his newest “art” – a 30cm wide swastika tattooed across his chest, with a written tribute to Adolf Hitler below.
He is not out of place. About 30 men and women in their early 20s to late 40s – most with shaved heads, bomber jackets and tattoos on their arms and necks – are here.
But this is not a scene from a movie.
It is a secret meeting organised by members of the Australian chapter of Blood & Honour in a private room at Windsor’s German Club Tivoli – whose president has since denied knowledge of the meeting’s neo-Nazi roots – held on Friday, September 11.
It was witnessed by sources and relayed to the Sunday Herald Sun.
Those attending have come from across Australia, including many from Adelaide.
The room is adorned with two chandeliers, white table clothes and shiny cutlery.
There are menus in German and jugs of water on the tables, which are joined in a large U-shape like a boardroom.
But their words are far from civilised. There is fist-clenching and vein-throbbing.
They hate Africans, Asians, Jews, Arabs, Indians, Pakistanis, any women who partner men from those races and any resulting offspring.
They hate multiculturalism, Barack Obama and refugees.
And with the same intensity they love white skin, Hitler, ethnic cleansing, guns, the “brotherhood” they share … and the blonde German tourist present – a perfect specimen, they comment.
After dinner they debate the David and Goliath battle they face.
In their world, David is trying to “secure the future existence of our people and a future for white children”, while Goliath is non-white migration.
“I know an Irish girl with red hair and blue eyes who can’t get a visa here and yet they let every Asian or Indian who raises their hand invade our country,” one complains.
“That is treason, pure and simple.”
“The Immigration Minister should be hung for crimes against his own kind.”
A man says: “It’s not the Arabs you have to worry about. They always f–k things up for themselves.
“It’s the Indians and Pakis you need to watch because they fit in, keep their heads down and multiply.
“At work they think I love multiculturalism because I get to know the bastards. You have to know the enemy.”
Another describes his anger at a T-shirt worn by an Indian youth stating: “I haven’t seen a kangaroo around here for years.”
“I should have bashed the c—,” he says.
“I followed him for a bit, but I didn’t realise what it meant until I thought about it later. They are taking over this country and rubbing it in our faces.”
Another man nods.
“That’s why I have my gun licence. I am just waiting for one of them to break into my place, then I’ll have an excuse to blow their heads off,” he says.
Another man replies: “Maybe your gun will go missing – pop, pop, pop – and then I’ll disappear.”
Everyone laughs except the gun owner whose face remains stony.
“I’ll tell police I was robbed, they broke into my safe,” he says.
They also hate the Australian school system.
“I would home school my kids because all they need to know is how to read, write and shoot a target at 800m,” one says.
“There is no way I am sending them to class to write 1000 word essays about how great multiculturalism is.”
One boasts about dropping anti-migration leaflets in inner city locations.
The leaflet drops are organised by the Nationalist Alternative, which has campaigned against the building of a mosque on Blenheim Rd, Newport.
The meeting and extremist websites are evidence that neo-Nazism is flourishing in Melbourne.
Blood & Honour’s website, which promotes white power music, says: “We believe there is a need to provide White youth with an alternative to the ‘hip-hop’ culture so eagerly promoted by the Zionist controlled media.”
Another site is run by affiliated group, the Southern Cross Hammerskins and there is even a Women for Aryan Unity site.
Another site, Nationalist Network, encourages people to put “business cards in library books” – “learn to use and maintain all weapons at your disposal” – and even “recruit the elderly living in multicultural neighbourhoods”.
There has been a disturbing growth in racist groups and associated violence globally, including attacks on Asian shopkeepers in the UK recently.
Back in Windsor, the meeting ends with ominous whispers of “some action”.
Extra Added Bonus!
In January 1941, Australians fought their first major land battle in World War II when men of the 6th Division AIF, and other Allied troops, engaged Italian forces at the town of Bardia on the coast of Libya. On 3-5 January 1941, the Italian positions were attacked and Bardia was captured. Over 40,000 Italian prisoners were taken.
Advancing west along the Libyan coast, the 6th Australian Division captured Tobruk from the Italians on 21-22 January 1941 and the town became a garrison for the Australian and British forces. In early March, one of Hitler’s best generals, Erwin Rommel with his Afrika Korps, came to the aid of their Italian allies in Libya. By April, German forces had begun to cut off and surround Tobruk. For eight months, from April to December 1941, Tobruk was besieged and Australian forces, notably the men of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division and RAN ships of the famous ‘scrap iron flotilla’ played a prominent role in the town’s defence.
The year 1941 was a dark one for the Allies. The Germans conquered all before them but Tobruk held out against Rommel and stood in the way of his advance towards Egypt and the Suez Canal. The defiance of the defenders of Tobruk raised morale in the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Those who served there became known as the ‘Rats of Tobruk’, so-called because the German radio propaganda broadcaster ‘Lord Haw Haw’ described them as rats living in the ground.
“The toughest but least disciplined troops in North Africa” ~ Lt General Erwin Rommel, GOC Deutsches Afrika Korps, on the 9th Division.
See also : Generosity keeps Rats of Tobruk in their Albert Park nest, Geoff Strong, The Age, April 20, 2007: Murray Boules, one of the trustees, said: “We still stick to our motto — no surrender.”
- [For Uncle Bill & Uncle Clive: RIP.]