Call made to stop white supremacist concert in Melbourne

Photo by Joe Montero: GetUp petition presentation on the steps of Victoria's parlaiment

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews responded to a GetUp petition with more than 28 thousand signatures, by saying that the state government will not stop a white supremacist concert on Saturday, even though it is hurtful to the communities that will be its targets.

The concert is a highlight in a festival to be held annually, for at least the next 10 years.

Photo form the Herald Sun: A balaclava-clad member of Combat 18, one of several pro-white gangs operating in Australia

Daniel Andrews did say: “There’s no place in Victoria for concerts like that. This is ultimately a celebration of hate and that doesn’t sit well with many Victorians at all.” He also made it clear that he was working with the Jewish community to strengthen laws to ensure the stopping of hate speech before it occurred.

Critics are saying that this is not enough. This is understandable. Few want to give race hate any quarter.

On the other hand, there is the danger of creating a precedent, where other and very different voices could be silenced.

The best solution is not merely a change in the law. It is communities organising and enforcing their wish to not allow this vile stuff to take place in their own back yard, thaty will make a real difference.

Photo by Bridget Rollason: GetUp presenting the petition

Two of the headline international guests, the Hammerskins and Blood and Honour, have been banned in a range of countries, because of their bigoted lyrics.

At a press conference held on Tuesday 8 October at the steps of the Victorian parliament, The Anti-Defamation Commission’s Dvir Abramovich said white supremacists had admitted music was the number one way they reached people.

Dvir Abramovich

“These types of gatherings are often used as an effective tool by racist extremists to inspire and recruit people for their warped cause,” Dr Abramovich said.

“When you look at the recent massacres in Christchurch, Santiago, Pittsburgh and El Paso, there is a direct link between words, incitement and mass shootings.

“These kinds of groups are a clear and present threat.”

Abiola Ajetomobi from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said the concert represented an unacceptable level of “cultural intolerance”.

“It is not acceptable in Victoria as a state whereby migration has been one of the pillars that has built our community to what it is today,” she said.

Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari said that the union movement will act and back union members in refusing work related to the concert.  

Photo by Joe Mnotero: Luke Hilakari speaking on behalf of the unions

Other speakers representing a spread of communities expressed their opposition to the concert.

3 Comments on "Call made to stop white supremacist concert in Melbourne"

  1. The unions need to go one further and offer to represent ANYONE who refuses to work at a Nazi gig

    Further perhaps lawyers should be looking at liquor and licensing laws to see if hosting violent extremist events contravenes venue licenses.

  2. So it’s wrong to say white is the best but it’s fine to say aboriginal, Muslim or other group is best.
    Australian government is racist. Against while people.
    Don’t believe me, well look how many non white deptments the gov has created.

  3. Everyone should surround the venue and link arms.
    10sthousands of people should block the whole area. No one can penetrate it.
    I’m talking a crowd so large it makes the Anti Vietnam Demonstrations look like an Andrew Bolt fan club gathering.

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