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The people’s voices from the Melbourne rally against racism

Here is a link to the Green Left Weekly 5 minute TV report on voices from the Melbourne Rally Against racism.



Comment from Kay
Time April 6, 2015 at 7:28 am

Typical of the Left to use violence or force to stop another point of view being expressed. I may not agree with the views expressed by any group that decides to hold a legally-endorsed rally, but I fully endorse the right of all citizens to state their view. Even the socialists and Hizb ut-Tahrir!

The problem arises when some other group, in this case the socialists, mount an organised attack on the those with whom they disagree. Despicable! But common lately. Remember violent protests against Bishop, Mirabella, Kemp, Wilders, Pyne etc. – just to name a few that I can remember. But socialists have no problem whatsoever with Hizb ut-Tahrir. No, the socialists violently object to anyone who has a contrary view to them. Why is it so unacceptable that others have the right to express their views – even though these views may seem to them to be uninformed, racist or whatever? After all, this is supposed to be a democracy.

Comment from John
Time April 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

The left didn’t use violence. What fantasy world are you living in? We protested against racists and fascists. No doubt when the racists and their fascist bedfellows turn words into actions you will tell us that is unacceptable without seeing the link.

Comment from Kay
Time April 6, 2015 at 10:54 am

The facts are: a group obtained permission to hold a rally. Others, including socialists, tried to stop them holding that rally, partly by denying them entrance to the location that was advertised for that rally (in Melbourne, at least). That included pushing and shoving.

Now, tell me why that group should have been prevented from holding their rally. Or, at the very least, why attempts should have been made to prevent that rally.

It seems to me that you think it’s OK to hold protest marches and rallies on topics that you agree with – like supporting asylum seekers, protesting against government policies etc. In fact, you call for a ‘workers’ revolution’ to toss out democracy – no violence involved there? But the moment there is a protest march or rally with which you do not agree, you assume the right to disrupt it.

I think the danger to our society from Hizb ut-Tahrir is probably greater than from these ‘Reclaim Australia’ supporters. However, I believe both groups should have the right to espouse their views, even though I support neither. You clearly do not. Your label of “racists and fascists” is a purely subjective and abusive label that cannot be sustained by the views of most of the ‘Reclaim Australia’ supporters.

The facts are that mainstream Muslims have formally requested the introduction of Sharia Law in Australia (during the Gillard years) and everyday TV shows us the appalling violence committed by extremist Muslims – Kenya being the latest atrocity. Also, extreme Islam has the target of spreading its beliefs right across the world, and recent examples have shown that peaceful evangelism and conversion is not their stock in trade. ‘Reclaim Australia’ is merely locking into this fear of Islam. If you actually read their home page, you see just a lot of ridiculous mumbo-jumbo. But most supporters don’t read that garbage, they are just expressing fear. This is not racism and fascism!!

Comment from John
Time April 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

Ho Hum. Protesting against racists isn’t denying them anything. Occupying a set piece of land doesn’t do that either and good on the socialists and anti=racists for disrupting this dangerous protest.

Comment from John
Time April 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

The only violence was of the racists attacking non-racists and their defending themselves.

Comment from Kay
Time April 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I’m pretty sure, based on past performances by socialist students, that both groups gave as good as they got. Most of what I saw on TV was protesters trying to stop the rally attendees.

But why was it deemed necessary to try to prevent the rally in Melbourne by blocking entrance to the approved site?

“Dangerous protest”??? I think most people fear the supporters of the ‘Reclaim Australia’ far less than they fear followers of extreme Islam. And far less than they fear Hizb ut-Tahrir.