Anti-Nazi rally at the Birmingham Hotel

hello!!!

i know this womyn.. she's young and queer.. and has been completely traumatised by the whole experience

i'm planning to make it..
lian




from the Melbourne Indymedia website...
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/128359.php

On the night of the gig, a young woman was walking to her car on Johnston St when she was surrouned by 7 nazi thugs, who began shouting racial abuse at her, and then forced her to repeat the slurs back before they would let her go. This is not acceptable. We will be outside the Birmingham at 1pm next Saturday to make some noise and to make the public aware of what is going on in their neighbourhood.

Anti-Nazi rally at the Birmingham Hotel
The Birmingham Hotel 1pm Saturday October
28 cnr Smith & Johnston Sts Fitzroy

On Saturday, September the 23rd, 2006, The Birmingham Hotel hosted a neo-Nazi gig -- organised by the violent White supremacist groups Blood & Honour Australia and the Southern Cross Hammerskins -- and held to commemorate the death of B&H founder, Ian Stuart, in 1993. This is the second year in a row that The Birmingham Hotel has allowed these fascist thugs to use their premises, and by doing so placed making money ahead of defending human rights. Both groups have a history of violence towards and abuse of Asians, blacks, Jews, Muslims, journalists, trade unionists, gays, lesbians and all others who fail to qualify for entry to their 'Master Race'.

Any and all support will be appreciated. more info: Cam http://www.fightdemback.org/ 043121111

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Lian said…
The rally was v. well attended.
There were ppl from the Melbourne Times, journalists, punks & anarchists (in some pretty awesome gear), feminists, queers, councillor Steve Jolly, my film lecturer at TAFE (who was having coffee down the road), social & community workers, 3CR radio broadcasters, friends and housemates of the young woman and more!

ppl were taking photos, recording video and writing down notes

there were groovy stickers that said 'Racism is not Welcome here' and badges:

'RACIST FREE commUNITY'

the owner took one of the stickers, after several of the protestors went in to explain what the whole action was about

Steve Jolly, the councillor will bring up the Birmigham Hotel as an issue at a Yarra council meeting. After all the council does not promote the type of ideology of Neo-Nazis - considering the area is populated by CALD ppl

..

two friends and i were chatting.. and they brought up the massive action and mobilising undertaking when the Black shirts were around..

the Black shirts were this scary misogynist and homophobic group that were around Brunswick

quote from the AGe:

"Blackshirts, a group that dons masks and protests outside the homes of women they deem to be immoral. The mainly male, middle-aged group also heckles women at the Family Court and demands that divorce laws be repealed"

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/12/19/1040174344351.html

it seems that they started protesting outside Y-GLAM (Young Gay and Lesbian around Moreland) theatre shows!!

but the action in support that counteracted the Black shirts was this phone tree network

ppl rang each other on their mobile.. and went to counter protest the Black shirts..

because of this action, the Black shirts were forced to go underground..

(i will post more things as i get more info..!)
Lian said…
hmm.. i'm wondering why my comments not showing on the comments post.. i am about to cut n paste
free panting said…
birmingham hotel
The hotel is ideally located in Birmingham near to the city centre, airport, NEC and just one mile away from the famous Bull Ring shopping complex.

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