Christine Sindt, Victorian councillor, denies posts linking Islam to Nazism target Muslims
A Victorian councillor who has shared a string of anti-Islamic posts on social media, including one likening Islam to Nazism, says she will not be removing them despite protests from the community.
Over the past month, Latrobe City Councillor Christine Sindt has used her official council profile to distribute posts such as “Islam is not for me” and another calling on Australians to “pick a side”.
On Easter Sunday, she posted an image of herself at the Reclaim Australia march in Melbourne, holding a poster which says “I love bacon, not paedophilia”.
In an ABC radio interview last month she said she viewed radical extremists and the broader Islamic community as “pretty much the same”.
Her views and the series of posts sparked heated debate on her Facebook page as well as in the local Gippsland community.
A handful of locals who say the posts are offensive and want them pulled down protested outside Latrobe city council’s Morwell offices on Monday, holding signs that said “love not hate”.
Bloody deceivers. Coming from Muslims and leftist rabble rousers this is adding insult to injury. (SY)
The organiser of the rally, David Hollis, said the protest sent a message to the council that residents were outraged by Cr Sindt’s behaviour.
Why doesn’t the ABC tell us more about this ‘rally?’ (SY)
“[She’s] got the legitimacy of authority and it encourages her supporters to target minority groups that really have never been an issue in the Latrobe Valley,” he said.
“Have never been…?” Really?
Mr Hollis said Muslim people should feel welcome in the Latrobe Valley, not targeted.
Now that’s what I call a hate crime. Mr Hollis is siding with Muslim savages against the people of Australia.
“We’re here to show solidarity because we don’t agree with what she’s saying,” he said.
You are free to do that, mate. But we’ll remember your treason.
Mayor’s request for removal of posts goes unanswered
The Latrobe City Mayor Dale Hartiman said Cr Sindt had been asked to remove the posts.
The mayor raised the issue with the state Local Government Minister, who said it was up to the council to decide if Cr Sindt had breached the code of conduct.
Cr Sindt told ABC Gippsland her posts reflect her own personal views and were not targeted at Muslims
“There are no anti-Islamist comments on my Facebook page,” she said.
“Any anti-Islamic comments on my Facebook page have been made by different people.”
In one post, Cr Sindt appeared to suggest the Lindt cafe in Sydney was targeted because it was not Halal certified.
“Those posts are all factual,” she said.
Cr Sindt said she was encouraging open debate on her Facebook page and said the posts reflected her concerns about the “potential loss of the Australian way of life”.
Leftoids hate us for that.
About 30 per cent of the Latrobe City’s population was born overseas or had overseas-born parents, according to the local mayor.