Even the journaille from the Herald Sun keeps smearing patriots with the “racist” label. To suggest that the Antifa thugs are no more to blame for the riots than those who stand for freedom and democracy is despicable.
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IT’S bad enough that the centre of Melbourne is regularly turned into a war zone but now extremist protesters have added flag burning to their repertoire.
If you listen to the irrational idiocy of the masked thugs who are variously, and charitably, described as “anti-fascists” or “anti-racists” the Australian flag is a celebration of racism and only racists would object to its desecration.
The other argument put forward by protesters and their miserable band of apologists is that the flag is just a piece of cloth and destroying it shouldn’t upset anybody.
You can’t have it both ways; either the flag is a powerful symbol that represents a country and its people or it’s a nondescript piece of material.
But it would be too much to expect sensible, consistent arguments from fringe-dwelling simpletons who feel they are entitled to cause mayhem in city and suburban streets to push their bizarre agendas.
We should stop referring to the groups taking part in these violent protests as anti-racist or anti-fascist; their agenda has little to do with either and most migrants would be just as disgusted by their antics as any other Australian.
The protesters should be called what they are and not what they claim to be; after all we don’t refer to Nazis as the master race or call terrorists freedom fighters.
On Sunday a group of extremist Left demonstrators, most of them hiding their faces, burnt Australian flags with one man filmed yelling “Allah Akbar”.
It’s all a massive joke to these socialists, anarchists and assorted losers whose actions in recent months have cost the community a fortune both in police resources and loss of trade as well as damage to Melbourne’s reputation.
They have no qualms about attacking bystanders, police and even police horses. Indeed they use social media to share handy tips about ways of evading police as well as defending their reprehensible behaviour including violence, threats and abuse.
The small band of activists has repeatedly turned the world’s most liveable city into an ugly battleground.
Last month they cost small businesses in multicultural Coburg tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue when one of their protests predictably descended into mayhem on the busiest trading day for local shops.
Ultimately we all pay for this ratbag group of mad ideologues, particularly in terms of police resources. On the weekend 500 officers, including heavily armoured riot police and mounted officers, were deployed to combat the unruly mob.
Burning or otherwise destroying the Australian flag is not against the law but perhaps it should be.
Personally, I am not in favour of introducing new laws that infringe on personal freedoms but given we have censorious laws such as Section 18C that make it unlawful to offend some minority groups, then why can’t we have a law to protect the majority of Australians who are offended by the sight of their flag in flames?
It’s not just those who fought under the Australian flag who feel offended by its desecration.
Here’s a handy hint for protesters of all persuasions, whether they’re the boofhead bogans of the far right or the lawless miscreants of the far left: do not disrespect the flag.
There’s no better way to aggravate the overwhelming majority of the population than burning or stamping on the Australian flag.
That message is lost on the extreme Leftist protesters like the geniuses who contacted me over the weekend to defend the indefensible.
“Nothing idiotic about burning a racist flag,” one wrote. “It sends a powerful message.”
Yes, it does but not the one you think. It sends the message that those burning the flag are a pack of ignorant and ungrateful low lifes. Burning the flag is a dog act.
One of the protest organisers, Debbie Brennan of Radical Women, spoke on Melbourne radio yesterday about why protesters wear masks and target the flag.
“The Australian flag really is a symbol and celebration of invasion, of White Australia policy, of racism,” she said.
“People who wear masks and don’t want to be identified by them fear being stalked, possibly attacked. We are dealing with violent people.”
However according to police, it’s the extremist Left which instigates and is responsible for the significant majority of violent clashes.
Wearing a mask during a protest is an act of cowardice and just as keyboard warriors are emboldened by online anonymity, masks encourage gutless thugs to behave violently.
If you’re wondering where the hatred and warped view of our country comes from then look no further than the education system.
The black armband view of Australian history is popular in schools and academia where self-loathing seems to be part of the curriculum. It’s also a view that is popular with large segments of the media. The ABC, Fairfax, Guardian et al perpetuate the toxic narrative of Australia as a deeply racist country with a shameful past.
Instead of instilling a sense of civic duty and pride in their country, children are taught to be ashamed of Australia’s history and success by ideologically driven teachers and a curriculum that is increasingly being hijacked by activists to push political agendas.
Rita Panahi is a Herald Sun columnist