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July 22, 2015 1:57 pm

Australian Writer Threatened With ‘Turn on the Gas’ at Nationalist Demo in Australia

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Police and demonstrators clash in Melbourne as Reclaim Australia and anti-racism demos meet. Photo: Screenshot.

Police and demonstrators clash in Melbourne as Reclaim Australia and anti-racism demos meet. Photo: Screenshot.

An Australian writer was threatened with “turn on the gas” by a neo-Nazi gathered among demonstrators for a rally held by the nationalist Reclaim Australia group in Melbourne last Saturday.

“Is that a joke?” writer John Safran asked, and the demonstrator backed down.

“I’ve met Holocaust deniers before but this is the first Holocaust joke denier I’ve come across,” wrote Safran.

Later, “an emo-Nazi, lanky, dressed in black, with a Korean boy band haircut” called him a “Jewish parasite” and said Safran was only able to publish his books because of the Jewish masters behind everything.

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Safran noted that the organizer of the anti-Islam far right United Patriots Front, a participant in the rally with whom these demonstrators associated, preferred however to eschew the neo-Nazi presence. He quieted another threatening protester and apparently sent away a rotund man with the swastika and Schutzstaffel insignia tattooed to his neck.

Police arrested four demonstrators as clashes erupted between protesters from Reclaim Australia and a nearby anti-racism demonstration.

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  • Luigi Rosolin

    I was t the Reclaim Rally in Perth WA and the most prominent reason were to protest against Islamic act of terror and atrocity like ISIS, logically is impossible to monitor all people coming but that with even Free West Papua Campaign had been the spirit not certainly anti-Semitism: contrary were many Israel flag expose with the Australian and supporter like me of the Jews.
    Protester were left wing that were even not really knowing what was on and were chanting slogan like freedom. exactly what we want as is not freedom under Islam. When the orator supporting the West Papua from the genocide that is occurring most of them go away.

  • Julian Clovelley

    This was far more of an anti Islamic rally than an antisemitic one. There were a few neo Nazis present but they did not make up the bulk of the “Reclaim Australia” centred group

    Australians don’t like Nazis – too many Australians died ridding the world of the Third Reich and its Axis allies. The opponents of the campaign far outnumbered the supporters

    And the police beat up both

    As for John Safran – he is very popular here and always good for a laugh. He tried to join the KKK in 2012

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQnsrFqAge8&spfreload=10

    And then there was the strange incident with the ham sandwich

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGfBiaIlMuI&spfreload=10

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