Australia is suppose to be a democracy. We are suppose to value and nurture the fundamentals of free speech. Unfortunately what we have seen this weekend (18th and 19th July 2015) is nothing much but a disgrace. Disgrace by all parties involved – in particular the Melbourne rally.
Extreme left wing groups like Socialist Alliance, Socialist alternative and the Australian Greens have come out in force and used violence against ordinary Australians voicing their concerns about the rise of extreme Islam. The rise of extreme Islam is real; we have seen this in Europe, and here on our land. Given this Australian’s should be concerned and they should be able to voice their opinions free from violence.
Reclaim Australia however isn’t all innocent in the violence on the weekend. The problem with groups like Reclaim Australia, they attract far right Neo-Nazi sympathisers, just like socialist alliance and the Greens attract far left Trotsky communist loving hippies. Often we see neo Nazi’s join these groups to be able to act in a thuggerish behaviour.
Both sides must know that the media will only report on the hype of violence and not on the undertones in which they stand for. Interestingly however the extreme left were the perpetrators of the violence yet the media painted Reclaim Australia as the troublemakers.
If Reclaim Australia want to be taken seriously they need to rid the extremist element of their organisation and start a grassroots campaign to outline what they really stand for, otherwise the media and the extreme left will just continue to discredit them.