PARIS IS BURNING!! NEW ITEOTWAWKIAIFF

This week we take a look at the multiple converging flashpoints of resistance in France, which have combined into a popular movement that has inspired over a million peeps to take to the streets in a massive expression of collective rage.

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On the music break, we have French antifa hip hop group Sang Mêlé, with Le Bal Des Insurgé.es.

From there we move onto a take-down of “the Donald”, and try to answer the question of why his angry message is resonating with millions of Americans. We finish things up with an interview with Crimethinc operative B Traven, who explains what anarchists have against democracy.

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This is the latest sedition of The AnarchyShow. Featuring the latest It’s the End of the World As we Know it and I feel fine, Anna’s #antifa wrap up and an interview with transgender musician Jandy Rainbow.

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Plus some news about the Climate Marches and the Laura Street Festival in Brisbane.

Read the experience of some representatives Global South at the London march, their experiences take the shine off the image of the march promoted by the big environmental non profit organisations.

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STAGE BOTTLES – SOME TIMES ANTISOCIAL ALWAYS ANTI FASCIST info
MORGANICS FT JAMALSKI – MUSIC IS MY REVOLUTION info
JASIRI X ft clair mortifee – PEACEFUL FIGHT info
TIJUANA CARTEL – BLACK MAGIC SUPERSTAR info
SKAPRETTER – NAZI SCUM info
JANDY RAINBOW – WELCOME CLARITY info
JANDY RAINBOW – TRAVELLERS info

Antifa

“Reclaim Australia rallies tomorrow across the nation. They claim they’re going to take back Australia, saving us from “the threat of sharia law”. Never mind that the law imposed on this country was done so by genocidal acts of dispossession. This land is not theirs to reclaim, nor the state and the cops to decide who should be free to come and go or what laws we are subjugated to. Whether the far right or the government, the only enemy is the ones who want to strip us of our rights and divide our communities.
I urge all anti-racist people to join the counter-rallies across the country and take a stand against racism, fascism and Islamophobia.
Lex Wotton.”

On Sunday The AnarchyShow went to the Reclaim Australia Counter Rally.

It was quite well attended and the crowd was energetic and well engaged. Before I got there the police had apparently tried to keep the anti fascist (antifa) crew up in the corner of Roma St Forum Emma Miller Place to give the fascists the actual forum part of the space.

Antifa didn’t let this happen though and pushed past the police ensuring that the fascists only had the corner of the space closest to Roma St Station. So good to see a bit of civil disobedience.

So it played out after that fairly much as expected there was a PA on our side with fairly much an open mic. Others had megaphones.

When Anna arrived she walked into the Reclaim space and unplugged as much of their PA as possible. We didn’t find out til later, reading a news report (see the MSM can be useful) that Reclaim Australia had.. wait for it… issues with their PA… This may have been caused by Anna we don’t know but I did say to her that they probably wouldn’t know how to plug it back in so that may well have caused it.

Despite the organisers of the Reclaim Australia rallies telling attendees not to I don’t know basically not to look like neo nazis or actual nazis someone came dressed as Hilter and others had Swastikas tattooed on their bodies or proudly displayed on placards.

I guess the PA problems explain why I didn’t hear any of the choice music RA played but it was equalled by our side playing John Farnham you’re the Voice… which I haven’t heard on the left since the World Economic Forum Protests in Melbourne 15 years ago. It was played because Farnsy told the Reclaimers he didn’t want them to use his music.

Anyway this promoted me to say much like ‘the enemy of my enemy is not my friend the music of my enemy is not my music’.

At about 3 o’clock the Reclaim Australia folk called it a day.. as we waited for them to slither off and crawl back into the holes they came from one of them got really angry and couldn’t contain himself anymore. He ran towards the barricades which were keeping us separated gesticulating rudely and yelling. After a while he gave up and left defeated with the others.

We then marched to King George Square… a little too fast for my liking… could have slowed down and celebrated taking the streets, and I think we could have pushed things by going further but that didn’t happen.

So… see you at the next one!!

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Hitler photo by Nic Smith

Here’s Anna’s version of the day –

In total, there were maybe 250 on our side & 100 on theirs. It was scheduled to start @ Emma Miller Place @ noon. I got to the Roma Street station @ 11.30am & was kinda surprised that I had to walk past the RA area to get to where around 100 ‘Say No To Racism’ folk were already pressed against police barriers & in full voice.

Noticing a way to get past police into their area I went in & ripped out anything I could see plugged in before some RA & cops came to stop me. The cops were a wee bit unsure what to do with me as I looked like ‘commie scum’ but needed a walking stick. I made a bit of a fuss & the RA wanted me arrested but cops just took me to our side haha.

Apparently each mob ended up where they did because our mob pushed through initial police lines while they were still setting up. Highlights: their PA not working; seeing Hitler, more than a few boneheads. Swastika & SS tatts got a guernsey & we genuinely made them really fucking mad. Catching a cop tapping his foot to “FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF!” was great. There was one arrest when a RA supporter tried to get over the police barrier: an exercise in futility as they had a line of cops stopping them & we had PSRT (Public Safety Response Team) riot cops stopping us.

The energy this time was amazing. It was an almost celebratory mood on our side, despite their increase in numbers & increase in bonehead presence.

An hour earlier out at Logan the PDLA held an anti immigration rally, so if they’d been there there may have been even more aggression from them as they seem to have some proper psychos in their ranks. Fuck knows why they did their own thing Sunday but aside from a small group of bikies turning up to the RA rally late I don’t think many from their rally rocked up.

Kim Vuga was at the RA rally but we could hear & see fuck all as when they had speakers they were forced to huddle together in the back of their area to hear anything. PA probs apparently. As I say it was a real party atmosphere on our side.

After a few hours RA organisers started rounding up their mob & they drifted off with police protection as usual (we weren’t able to leave our area) to the sounds of “YOU’LL ALWAYS LOSE IN BRISBANE” & “FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF”. Our mob, when able to leave (about 30 mins after the fash) spontaneously took to the streets & marched to King George Square where people milled around before drifting off. We should’ve done a march through the city or had a street sit-in but hey …

Finally, another highlight was a number of new faces on our side who had attended as a direct result of Paris. It was the most anarchist comrades I’ve seen in one place for a while too and it was nice to catch up with people. Ummm … the cops even seemed to be a bit more receptive to our presence & a bit put out by RA causing them to use up so many resources this time. Their whole demeanour when dealing with us was quite reasonable. Police negotiators didn’t even bother with us either, just went straight to their mob. Anyway that’s about it … aside from some positive talk among anarchists about doing stuff out my way. Yay!

To read other reports from around Australia see Slack Bastard’s summary.

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This article is from the ABC… The United Patriots Front haven’t got a strong hold in Queensland yet but we have to expect them, after all Pauline Hansen grew to national significance from here.

Standing among the crowd at the anti-Muslim United Patriots Front rally in Bendigo, it was frightening to consider what they might be capable of. Make no mistake, this is fascism, writes Christine El-Khoury.

When Blair Cottrell, the ring-leader of the fascist street movement the United Patriots Front (UPF), addresses his horde of followers it looks like the blonde-haired body builder from Melbourne is about to blow his top:

“This here now is what creates communities and nations: togetherness, pride, love, the willingness to sacrifice not just some of your own time but if necessary your own life for the future of your own people!”

Even from a distance I can see his blood boil. His pale Anglo-Saxon complexion becomes red. His body tenses in his black muscle shirt, his fists clench by his side, his voice rises until he is yelling into the microphone:

“At the end of the day you can either be a Muslim or an Australian. It must be either or because the two do not co-relate and do not correspond.”

On this sunny day in October, Cottrell believes stopping the development of a mosque in the regional town of Bendigo is a matter of life and death, and he wants you to feel that way too:

“Never give up, no matter what these people say, no matter what they do. Just believe in each other. Feel the person next to you. Feel the energy connect to it, that’s what a community is!”

Cottrell remonstrates to the crowd which responds with cheers of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi” and waves of the Australian flag.

Only this isn’t a sporting match. This is not a game. This is a war-like call by an angry young man who wants the 350 people before him to protect his skewed – and dare I say it, delusional – view of what it means to be Australian.

When Cottrell reaches a crescendo, he salutes his audience by raising a fist to the air in one swift and forceful motion. Make no mistake, this is fascism. This is what hate looks like. As I stand amongst the predominantly male crowd – some young, some much older, many dressed in black with tattoos – it was frightening to consider what they might be capable of. Perhaps not here, where 400 police officers are standing by, but what seed might be planted in the minds of those listening? How emboldened might they become?

Before setting out to the Bendigo rally, I was curious about what drives these men to hate. The UPF had staged a highly offensive mock beheading at the Bendigo Council Chambers that I later discovered was designed to gain publicity. I wanted to be careful that by reporting on their activities, I wasn’t also promoting their agenda. The rallies that had been conducted so far weren’t huge, but the far-right had never mobilized quite like this before.

So, I began by making a few phone calls. I needed to get a better understanding of the history of far-right groups in Australia. I soon discovered that there has been little academic work in this area. As one academic quipped, “There’s plenty of research money available to look at jihadis, but not far-right extremists.”

It seems odd, considering Islamist extremism sits on the far-right spectrum alongside anti-Muslim hate, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. It suggests that historically far-right groups have been largely unsuccessful. The views these groups espouse have been considered “deviant” by the majority of society, and they have previously been difficult to infiltrate.

However, the rise of social media has provided a platform for a growing anti-Islam movement in Australia and the Western world to find like-minded souls, and much of their vitriol is available for public viewing.

Online, it looks like Cottrell and his fellow supporters (many of them former members of the military and Christian fundamentalists) are just a bunch of narcissistic fringe dwellers, who spend a lot of time uploading videos of themselves to Facebook. They rant about British culture, left-wing “f–tards”, the Bible and how much they hate Muslims.

It soon becomes clear though that the conversations being had online do need to be taken seriously – there have been threats to bomb mosques and kill Muslims. They may just be the anonymous ranting of “keyboard warriors” but I soon learned that some members of these far-right groups also have the means to facilitate these acts of violence should they choose to do so. For example, one member of the United Patriot Front declares via the group’s Facebook page that he is a gun-owner. He warns his fellow “patriots” to keep their firearms secure because the police are watching.

In the lead-up to protests last weekend, a member of Reclaim Australia was arrested and jailed for possessing five Tasers and a quantity of mercury. When police raided the home of 31-year-old Phillip Galea, they also found information about making explosives on Galea’s computer, along with an “extensive” amount of “extreme” material linked with far-right groups. When he appeared in court it was revealed Galea had been in possession of a weapon at another anti-immigration rally.

We do need to be concerned that since the Paris attacks, anti-Muslim hate has ratcheted up a notch. The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) – a charity that tracks, reports and tries to take down hate speech online – has seen a sharp rise in both the quantity of hate and also the level of extremism being displayed on social media towards Muslims. It’s not unheard of for attacks against Muslims, especially women, to be carried out.

The CEO of the OHPI, Dr Andre Oboler, says it’s “very clear more needs to be done if we don’t want our values as a society, of inclusivity, multiculturalism and a fair go for all, to be put at risk.”

Kevin Dunn from Western Sydney University believes our political leaders are taking this threat to social cohesion seriously.

Dunn believes that Australia’s well-established and well-supported policy of multiculturalism will help ward off this growing anti-Muslim movement, but says when it comes to racism we cannot be complacent.

“Antipathy towards a group will grow through a vicious cycle in which it’s increasingly seen as the norm,” he says. But it also has the potential to de-escalate, “as it has with some of the other dominant antipathies that have been around in Australia’s past.”

Our overwhelming support for multiculturalism is evidence that Australia is not racist; in fact, it’s been the secret to our success as a country relatively free of political violence, according to Kevin Dunn.

If we want to keep it that way, we do need to take the level of antipathy currently being directed towards the Muslim community very seriously indeed.

Christine El-Khoury is an ABC journalist.

 

 

EXECUTE CAPITALISM

The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.

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On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
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BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info

John Safran on May Brisbane Antifa Action

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Originally appeared in Fairfax media. Written by John Safran

[May 02]White nationalists have called a rally in south Brisbane today. They huddle on one side of a street that runs along a park. Behind the park poke the cranes and skyscrapers of the city skyline. Getting wind of the rally weeks ago, a counter-protest has gathered on the other side of the street, to show support for multiculturalism. Two olive-skinned Greek men stand proud as a mob of angry white faces turn red, screaming and hectoring them.

Before we go any further, there’s something you need to know. The olive-skinned Greeks are part of the white nationalist crew. The mob of angry whites are the anti-racists. White nationalism is confusing in 2014.

“Fascist Scum! Off our streets!” bellow the 200-odd anti-fascists at the 20 or so nationalists, a police line dividing the two.

In Greece, Golden Dawn is a fascist party that stands against immigration and multiculturalism. Its leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, has just been thrown into jail, awaiting a trial, charged with forming a criminal organisation. Australia First is our far-right party, also anti-immigration. In solidarity, it is protesting the jailing of Michaloliakos.

But it is not the only group here. Some Greek-Australians have formed a local Golden Dawn. That’s how the Greeks have ended up standing on the same side of the street as the white nationalists. But … but … aren’t Greek-Australians an immigrant community?

A young white guy in a shiny suit and sunglasses appears to be leading the Australia First contingent. “Abolish multiculturalism!” he yells through his megaphone.

“So you’re cool with Greek-Australians?” I ask.

“Absolutely,” the guy says, pulling the megaphone from his lips. “Greek-Australians. European-Australians, in general.”

“So Italians are okay?”

“Yeah, they’re okay.”

“But back in the 1940s, wouldn’t your equivalent have been against Greek-Australians because they were the ‘wogs’ who were coming here as immigrants and ruining white Australia?”

He shrugs his shoulders, apathetic. “What was going on in the 1940s … we weren’t around in the 1940s, so we can’t really comment about what we would have done back then.”

Next to him, an old man in a Golden Dawn baseball hat, brandishing a huge Greek flag, smiles like a kindly grandfather. I think he says his name is Paul but honestly I can’t tell for sure. His accent is too thick.

“Isn’t this a racist thing?”

“My girlfriend is a Chinese woman,” is his answer.

The leader of Golden Dawn Australia, Iggy Gavrilidis, unfurls a big Golden Dawn flag. It looks remarkably like the Nazi one, while having wiggle room to claim it’s just a coincidence that it’s a crooked black symbol on a white background surrounded by red. Gavrilidis positions himself next to the old man with the Chinese girlfriend and the big Greek flag.

“What if a Muslim was flying a Saudi Arabian flag in Australia, would that be okay?” I ask.

A man with a British accent interrupts. “Different species,” he says. Greeks and Saudi Muslims are like apples and oranges, he explains. Europeans are more evolved, culturally, and perhaps in other ways, too.

“Are you Greek?” I ask.

“I came here as a Pommy bastard in 1968. My mother is Greek Orthodox. Some of my family is originally from Syria. They had to move out and were refugees in Egypt. Now I prefer Australian culture. That’s why I’m here.”

He motions across the road, sneering, at his rowdy anti-fascist enemies. “If they really want their culture, they should go back home.”

I’m confused. He’s making out like a rainbow coalition of ethnics are gathered across the street. But besides one Islander and one Eurasian, all I’ve seen are white people.

“But what’s their culture?” I ask. “They look like white Australians to me.”

“Yes, but they want multiculture.”

“But aren’t you a product of multiculturalism?” I ask the Greek Orthodox British immigrant.

“No. God no.”

“But you were born in England …”

“Of course.”

“To a Greek mother …”

He looks at me coyly.

“I had an Egyptian mother … just Greek Orthodox religion,” he says.

This really is the “It’s A Small World” ride of white nationalist rallies.

One thousand Greeks are on this street, just not exactly here. To encourage Greek participation, Australia First called the rally on a strip that holds the Greek Club and a Greek Orthodox Church. Those 1000 Greeks have chosen to attend a funeral service instead of this. Inside the church, the black-cassocked Father Dimitri Tsakas isn’t happy. “The fascists kept talking about meeting at the Greek Club, so I went out in the morning, I made sure our flags were down, I made sure the doors were shut, I made sure there were guards on our gates.

“How could a people that, for a century, have migrated to every other nation on Earth, to make a living, to be a part of those societies, possibly, really support a party that beats up migrants on the streets of Athens?!”

I decide to check out what’s going down on the other side of the street. I pass a small team of neo-Nazis: black caps, black sunnies, black everything, head to toe. These men, who are distinct from Australia First, serve as the menacing presence of the far-right, so the anti-fascists think twice before starting anything. Their modus operandi is to stand still as statues, cross-armed, and not peep a word, even if someone tries to strike up a conversation. Nevertheless, one mutters at me as

I walk by.

“Pardon?” I ask.

“Liked you on Race Around The World,” he says.

Cries of “Immigrants welcome! Nazis not!” thunder up and down the street. The anti-fascists include anarchists waving black flags, university lefties (one holding a placard of Cookie Monster saying “Bad Nazi No Biscuit”), a man in a dress and bonnet, and an army of trade unionists from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). In fact, about 100 of the counter-protestors are fit, mainly white, young men from building sites, wearing fluorescent safety vests.

The police line is porous and far-righters and anti-fascists have met up at points, but only a subset of anti-fascists, the trade unionists. The hippies and others are standing well back. A dozen big men surround one skinny Australia First guy in a leather jacket.

“Why’s he shaking, mate?” an old, grey-haired man from the CFMEU sarcastically asks a colleague.

“Because he’s shit-scared,” a handsome young guy with a red beard replies.

“Is he?” sing-songs Mr Sarcastic.

“He’s petrified,” says Red Beard.

“You mean he’s scared of us spilling some of his claret on this cement?” continues Mr Sarcastic. He turns to his army. “None of youse would spill any of his claret on the cement now, would ya?”

“Nah!” scream the workers.

“F…in’ oath!” announces one.

An Islander goes nose-to-nose with the petrified Australian Firster, whose name is Michael Cole. “Welcome to the future,” snaps the Islander.

Cole ducks between the men.

“Weak!” one man shouts after him.

“NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS!” roar the rest.

A shuddering Cole pulls at his leather jacket lapel. “I’ve got my grandfather’s British Legion badge on from when he fought in World War II,” he says, trembling. “He was with the Black Watch and I’m a Nazi? I go to dawn service, I wear my grandfather’s medals and I’m a Nazi?”

Mr Sarcastic and Red Beard have moved onto another nationalist, in black hoody and sunglasses.

“C…-sucking faggot!” shouts Red Beard.

In the far-right rally in my head it would have been a fascist, not an anti-fascist, shouting this.

Mr Sarcastic asks the nationalist what he’s doing. He explains he’s protesting to free the Golden Dawn leader.

“See … see, this is not Greece,” says Mr Sarcastic. “This is Australia!”

“You’re in Australia!” adds Red Beard.

Another phrase that, in the far-right rally in my head, the fascist, not the anti-fascist, would be saying.

A pasty young Australia Firster with a ponytail and acne is drifting through the crowd, waving a large Eureka flag featuring the Southern Cross. A workman stabs his finger in the air. “Don’t f…ing use our union flag, you heap of shit,” he says. “Forty-five nationalities at Eureka, you f…ing clown. Docile f…. Go read a bit of history, genius, hey?”

Four unionists pounce on the pasty kid. Next thing he stumbles out of the pack with his flagpole stripped. Soon I see a young trade unionist walk out from the crowds wearing it as a cape. That’s what this is reminding me of. The television footage of the white kids at the 2005 Cronulla riots in Sydney.

The Australian Firster in the shiny suit comes to try to calm things down. “Love your op-shop f…ing suit!” screams an anti-fascist. The crowd of university anarchists and greenies and workers laugh at his cheap suit.

“Look at you – you little anorexic f…,” spits the Eureka Historian. “You f…ing dog, you’re the hard man in the crew, are ya?”

Laughter rolls through the crowd again.

“You were the c…s that got picked on in school!”

The Australia First rhetoric has morphed over the hours. Under fire, they now speak of another political way. “This is about democracy!” the shiny suit man says. “About people having freedom of movement.”

“You’re in Australia, you f…wit,” explains Red Beard. “There’s no freedom of movement when you’re a f…ing scum dog, mate.”

“F…ing just hook him bro, hook him,” adds the Islander.

Half an hour later, like everywhere else in the world, the white nationalists and anti-fascists have all started fidgeting with their smartphones. Everyone in the street looks out of energy.

Soon after, we all slog over to the nearby Greek Consulate, so the Australian Firsters can demand the release of the Golden Dawn leader. Both sides are manic again. City workers walking by are confused.

“They don’t like Greeks?” one asks me.

“No, some of them are Greeks, but … they … you see …” It’s too hard and I give up.

No one from the Greek Consulate comes out and the far-righters, with panicked eyes upon the unrelenting trade unionists, roll up their Golden Dawn flags. With the police protecting them, they slink off to a nearby maxi taxi. An Indian taxi driver spirits the white nationalists to safety.

Everyone left is in a jolly mood. My smartphone vibrates in my pocket. It’s a Facebook message from a stranger, one of the anti-racist protesters. “Saw you before. I wanted to ask what did you think of the protest? I found it a little weird. Kinda like we were the Nazis.”

“Why did you feel like you were the Nazis?”

“Because we were a bigger mob harassing a smaller mob. What message are we sending them? That intimidation is okay, that’s fine, you just have to have the bigger numbers? The other odd thing was marching people under the hammer and sickle flag. Is this 1945? Where people under the Soviet Union flag are chasing Nazis through the streets? It was like cosplay.”

It may have been cosplay today, but Australian white nationalists have been hands-on in recent times. Last year, a neo-Nazi in suburban Melbourne plead guilty to hoarding pipe-bombs and guns. In the same city, two young skinheads are serving time for bashing a Vietnamese international student with a brick in 2012.

The violence rolls on back. Twenty-five years ago, the present-day chairman of Australia First, Jim Saleam, provided a shotgun to two skinheads who fired into the home of the African National Congress representative in Australia. Saleam was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ jail for his involvement. Perhaps today’s rallies would have turned out differently had the unionists not got visceral. Maybe multiculturalists should be grateful that men more sinewed than hippies have got their back.

Just before midnight, away from the flags and fluoro vests of the Brisbane CBD, my phone vibrates again. It’s Michael Cole from Australia First. He wants to tell me what happened after they escaped in the maxi taxi. “These trade union guys stormed the pub we were at this afternoon and put three blokes in hospital.”

Cole sounds shaken. “Now, do you remember speaking to an elderly Greek gentleman today?”

“With the Chinese girlfriend?”

“Yeah, well, that elderly Greek gentleman is currently lying in hospital under observation because he was severely kicked to the head. He’s pretty dejected. He’s doped to the eyeballs.”

The Queensland Police media unit confirm the essentials of Cole’s story. Six to eight men stormed the Red Brick Hotel in Woolloongabba, bashed some patrons and fled. Five men were injured, three taken to hospital. A man in his 30s received a possible fracture to his cheek. A man in his 20s was left with a possible broken hand. A 66-year-old male was pushed to the ground and kicked and left with swelling and bruising to the rear of his head. No one has been arrested. The police won’t confirm the men were trade unionists.

The next day, Cole will not return my calls and Australia First is spinning the story a different way. Jim Saleam has written on the party’s Facebook page: “A couple of activists experienced minor cuts. However, their spirit was undeterred. The responsibility for the violence today does not rest with any worker tricked into action by the CFMEU leader-group. It rests with this small core of union officials and organisers.”

CFMEU head office tell me they have not heard from police about the punch-up in the pub. They say they condemn fascism, but do not condone violence.

Saleam has two things to spin. First, his men came up short under “might is right”, the very system the far-righters want. Second, his men’s sense of self is built on believing they’re standing for the real Australians, against the so-called leftie rabble. But what happens when the archetype real Australians – young, white working men – stand with that rabble, surround you on the street and tell you to piss off?

I stare at Jim Saleam’s surname and start wondering why it kind of sounds like the Arabic word for peace. I find an old magazine article from when Jim was planning a run for parliament. He denies it, of course, but people who knew Jim’s parents and grandparents from his old hometown of Maryborough, Queensland, say this: Jim’s from a Lebanese immigrant family.

[Dr James Saleam & ‘The Audacity of Hate’]

That’s the cherry on the pavlova. Australia: where even the immigrants hate immigrants. And where even the anti-racists bash wogs.

WORKERS UNITED

During this episode of AAradio Peter gives a report back from 2 Brisbane events which involved union members.

Read about the #antifa rally here ..

We also talk about a new crowd funding proposal for a film about Gina Rinehart and we chat about other current events.

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Billy Bragg – World Turned Upside Down info
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