A ‘white power’ concert planned for Melbourne next month should be shut down by the Victorian government to protect minorities from the risk of violence, according to civil rights campaigners. The event, planned for October 12, is being organised by Blood and Honour Australia, a group determined to inspire “white resistance” through skinhead music. In the video above: Calls for social media giants to crack down on hate The concert’s headline act will be Fortress, a well-known band on the Australian ‘white power’ music scene. One of the band’s songs, Parasite, has the lyrics: “Damn the other races, want to keep my country white … Send the bastards back, if they don’t f***king like it, it’ll be in body bags.” Similar concerts have been held in cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in recent years. The Anti-Defamation Commission, which campaigns against antisemitism, is urging the Victorian government to prevent the “neo-Nazi” event spreading “poisonous, exterminationist hate”. “These types of gatherings are often used as an effective tool by racist extremists to inspire and recruit young people to their warped cause,” it says in a statement to 7NEWS.com.au.”We are deeply concerned that if this concert goes ahead, it will pose a real risk to the safety of all Victorians since it may lead to crimes being committed by people who attend this event.” The ADC says recent gun massacres in the US and New Zealand had demonstrated the “direct link” between hate speech and violence. “Violence is an integral part of the white power music scene,” it says. “This is a moment when we desperately need leadership which moves us from mere statements to a strong plan of action, and as such we call on the state government to ensure that this event does not take place.”
White supremacists condemned after announcing concert in Melbourne this October
Bookmark the permalink.