‘The last thing we want is another Cronulla riot’: Members of the African community warn against far-right protesters who plan to ‘take back Melbourne from African gangs‘
The “Cronulla riot” never happened the way it was beat up in the media. It was all fake news. We don’t have a problem with the “far right”. We have a problem with African savages.
- Tensions go up as United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell vows to join far-right
- Mr Cottrell said the government refuses to acknowledge ‘immigrant crime’
- Mr Cottrell vows to join far-right protesters in a rally at St Kilda in Melbourne
- Being held a month after 20 African youths allegedly bashed, robbed three men
- Protest echoes Sydney’s December 2005 Cronulla riots, which lasted two days
- Leaders in the African community have spoken out against the racist rhetoric
Leaders within the African community have spoken out against the racist rhetoric and dangers far-right protests could pose for locals.
The response comes only hours after United Patriots Front leader – and convicted criminal – Blair Cottrell vowed to join a protest at St Kilda beach on January 5.
The protest, which was advertised as a ‘non-violent political meeting’ to ‘make Australia safe again’ from African gangs, has sparked fears among the community.
Maker Mayek, a lawyer and principle of Mayek Legal, told Daily Mail Australia the protest is ‘extremely dangerous, not only for the members of the African community, but for beach-goers, residents of St Kilda and surrounding areas.’
‘In addition to physical harm that may be occasioned to people who’ll be around that area on the day, there are serious threats to people’s property,’ Mr Mayek said.
Victorian police have confirmed they will be out in full force ahead of the far-right protest to ‘make Australia safe again’ from African gangs
‘The protests are likely to inflame fears and tensions in race relations which suffered greatly as a result of the sensationalist reporting and dog-whistling we saw in 2018.’
‘I sincerely hope the police will deal with this group as efficiently as possible. The last thing we want to see in this country is another Cronulla.’
The reference to Sydney’s 2005 Cronulla race riots is a fear that has been echoed since the protest was first proposed.
The far-right group’s lunchtime rally resembles the Cronulla riots in December, where white nationalist groups violently targeted Lebanese Australians visiting the beach from western Sydney.
Approximately 5,000 young men rioted for two days straight.
Melbourne could see a repeat of Sydney’s 2005 Cronulla race riots (pictured) with a far-right group vowing to stage a beach rally against African gangs
Prominent lawyer and community advocate Nyadol Nyuon took to social media to express her concerns about the protest itself as well as the implications of the media giving Cottrell and the event’s founder, Neil Erikson, a voice.
‘Neil and Blair have been referred to as ‘activists’, ‘concerned citizens’ or merely ‘controversial’,’ Ms Nyuon began. ‘[These] terms neglect their racist and violent incitements (like Blair saying he would ‘execute’ certain people).’
‘If we were to hold a demonstration against racism, some mainstream outlets would be calling us ‘ungrateful’ to be in Australia and to leave if we didn’t like it.’
‘Yet a racist rally, led by convicted criminals, can go ahead with their leaders enjoying media coverage that cast them as having legitimate concerns, and who will find support from free speech worries insisting on their rights to effectively harass black peoples,’ Ms Nyuon said.
Most blacks are criminal looters & moochers, though not all have been convicted. Ms Nyuon smears patriots with a broad brush. But the media doesn’t care. Cottrell is a patriot. He is also well spoken and he makes sense. They fear him.
‘In the meantime, we get to call and inform family members and our community to stay away from the beaches this Saturday – in summer.’
Victorian police have confirmed they will be out in full force ahead of the far-right protest.
‘Victoria Police respects people’s right to protest peacefully, but will not tolerate those who break the law,’ a spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
- Chaos in Melbourne: Gang of 20 African youths violently rob three men – as a man, 19, is charged with assaulting police and making death threats during all-in brawl on the beach
‘Anyone coming to the event looking to cause trouble can expect a firm response from police; you will be arrested and held to account if you commit a crime.’
‘Police will be closely monitoring the rally to ensure there are no breaches of the peace or crimes occurring.’
‘The safety of the Victorian community is the highest priority for Victoria Police and there will be a strong police presence at the rally in order to maintain public safety.
Right wing protesters from the UPF and the True Blue Crew marched to Carlton Gardens as Anti racism and Fascism gathered at Parliament House in Melbourne in 2016
In a video posted on Facebook, Cottrell said the government and the media both refuse to acknowledge ‘immigrant crime’, referring to African youth groups.
‘It’s a specific type of people who have been protected by this media and government because they want you to keep believing that multiculturalism is this positive thing, rather than to admit there is an immigrant – specifically, African crime problem in Melbourne right now,’ Cottrell said.
Cottrell, who’s extensive rap sheet includes violent assaults, arson and trafficking testosterone, described multiculturalism as ‘dividing and destabilising’, before promising to join the rally.
This is wildly exaggerated. Cottrell doesn’t have “an extensive rap sheet”.
Riot fears have escalated as United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell (pictured) vowed to join far-right protesters in a rally to ‘make Australia safe again’ from African gangs
The True Blue Crew is planning a demonstration at St Kilda beach a month after 20 black youths allegedly bashed and robbed three men in the same area.
‘It’s time to say no to gangs bashing Aussies,’ the True Blue Crew has told its 1,532 Facebook followers.
The United Patriots Front, a similar nationalist group, clashed with African youths on Friday night at St Kilda beach, with far-right leader Neil Erikson confronting and filming a group of teenagers kicking a soccer ball around a footpath and playing music, before police intervened.
The True Blue Crew’s New South Wales branch also plans to capitalise on a spate of crimes involving African youths in Melbourne, encouraging its followers to travel to Victoria to protest.
The True Blue Crew (Facebook post pictured) is planning a demonstration at St Kilda beach a month after 20 black youths allegedly bashed and robbed three men (pictured are two of the victims)
***Statement by Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana regarding what to do in the event of a home invasion.
Does Victoria Police aim to completely strip Victorians of their dignity? Self Defence is the most basic fundamental human right, to strip a citizenry of their right to self defence is to strip an entire people of their self worth and self respect, and once that happens, the state assumes complete and total control and personal liberty will be no more. I consider this statement by Fontana an attack on Victorians.
We have a long way to go, but don’t lose hope, President Bolsonaro in Brazil was just sworn in and has vowed to restore self defence firearm rights to Brazilians. It can happen.
At the end of the day, we are Australians, we weren’t born to submit to hostile invaders, it’s not in our spirit to allow our enemies to “just take it” and it’s certainly not in our nature to “just be compliant”.