So this was the Master Race. All 60 of them. And it was a national mobilisation. Another 60 right wing “Reclaim Australia” blockheads bolstered their ranks. So there were little more than 100 far right racists in total.
It was the latest attempt by fascists to build a violent street movement and their own vile combat organisations.
They were outnumbered by up to 2,000 anti-racist demonstrators in central Melbourne today.
As far as right wing failures go, they don’t get much more pathetic than this. They ought to have called the event “the biggest losers”.
The racists’ miserable mobilisation was despite the fact that “respectable” Murdoch press columnists openly have been feeding fascism and bigotry.
It was despite the fact that the federal government has been banging on and on about Islamic terrorism, about imminent threats to our way of life, about traitors in our ranks.
And it was despite the fact that they had the protection of hundreds of police officers, who shut down Spring Street to facilitate this neo-Nazi parade in front of the Victorian Parliament and who attacked the anti-racist demonstration with pepper spray.
With all this help, and with months of building work, still they failed. “I can’t believe how small the crowd is. It’s terrible”, Mike Holt, leader of right wing group Restore Australia, told Fairfax Media this afternoon.
As had happened on 31 May when fascists tried to march on Richmond Town Hall, anarchists, socialists, non-aligned progressives and anti-racists united to stop them.
Again, it was an important victory. The counter-mobilisation prevented the fascists from marching through the streets and targeting minorities – Muslims in particular. Instead they were forced to skulk away under police watch before dispersing. They were prevented from spreading hate speech and instead were forced to talk among themselves.
In Adelaide, a 250-person Reclaim Australia rally also was outnumbered by 350 anti-racists. This was a significant turnaround from the previous Reclaim rally at Easter, at which the left was outnumbered by 500 to only 30.
Human Rights Watch, an international investigative and reporting organisation, says that it has “significant human rights concerns” about Australia’s treatment of refugees and Aboriginal people.
To drive a whole people out of their land—to turn it into something akin to the Zionist myth of Palestine, supposedly “a land without a people for a people without a land”—requires many things. Most obviously, it requires the killing and terrorising of Palestinian people on a colossal scale.
What would you do with $1.5 million? You could put down deposits on ten median-priced Sydney houses, or you could buy one outright and spare yourself the crushing mortgage repayments.
The level of suffering in Gaza is more than the human mind can comprehend. As the war enters its twentieth week, it feels increasingly obscene to be going about daily life while an entire people are being systematically destroyed, their lives, histories and culture blown to pieces or buried under rubble.
The Banyule Palestine Action Group has collected more than 600 signatures on a petition calling on Banyule City Council, in Melbourne’s north-east, to pass a motion supporting an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, in line with motions passed in other councils across Australia.
Asked how she stays hopeful as a 63-year-old socialist and Palestinian living in the diaspora, Reem Yunis replies: “I don’t have the luxury not to be inspired. My grandparents died without seeing a liberated Palestine, my parents died and were buried in the diaspora. Most of my people are living in the diaspora, and the ones in Palestine are being robbed of water, resources and every bit of land they have. We need to have hope and fight, because if we won’t fight for a free Palestine, who will?”