By Matt Hrkac
Anti-Racism wins against a noisy fascist minority
It is clear that the Australian community is undoubtedly against racism; and the so-called "Reclaim Australia" against Islam (read; fascist, hating on all Muslims, not just merely criticising the religion) rallies held over the weekend are an example of this.
In Melbourne, anti-racism protesters in a counter-rally outnumbered and overwhelmed the "Reclaim" Australia rally (organisers of the counter-rally estimate more than 3,000 anti-racism protesters to about 300 "reclaimers") in Federation Square. A similar counter-rally was also held in Brisbane to counter the "reclaim" rally there.
And for those in doubt that the "Reclaim" Australia rallies weren't actually racist (the "reclaimers" would have you believe this, and if that was actually the case, they are certainly fascist, though the "reclaimers" deny this too) in any way what so ever:
1. It seemed to be a pretty strong magnet for Neo-Nazi's, and participants in the counter rallies can attest to this. It is actually hilariously appalling that "reclaim" supporters are actively denying that Neo-Nazi's are a part of their movement, especially when the movement was founded on the basis of Neo-Nazism masquerading as "patriotism" from the beginning. By having these types show up at their rallies, the "reclaimers", by default, have lost all credibility, regardless of whether they 'endorse' it or not.
2. Pauline Hanson, the very same one who prattled on about the whole "Asian invasion" nearly a decade ago when it was fashionable, spoke at the Brisbane "reclaim" rally. I don't think I need to say any more on that.
We can take solace in the fact that anti-racism counter-rallies outnumbered the "Reclaimers" where they were held, but it is an absolute shame that such anti-racism counter-rallies were even necessary, and that there is a Neo-Nazi presence and other extreme racist and fascist elements in Australia, and enough of such a presence that allow them mobilise, which is a scary prospect.
Anti-racism and anti-fascism wins this day, and so it should. These so-called "patriots" are anything but, and they certainly aren't representative of a majority of Australians.
About the author:
Matt Hrkac is a writer and photographer based in Geelong. He has particular interests in politics, elections, social movements and the trade union movement.
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