State and federal authorities are being urged to take further action against a right-wing extremist group that burnt a cross and chanted racist slogans at a popular Victorian tourist destination over the Australia Day weekend.
Thirty-eight members of the far-right National Socialist Network burnt a cross — a ritual usually associated with the Ku Klux Klan — next to Lake Bellfield at the foot of the Grampians in western Victoria on Sunday evening. Tourists and locals heard the group chanting “white power” and Nazi slogans.
The police were called on them, and harassed them for a while but unaccountably couldn’t think of any crimes to charge them with, and nothing came of it, except a giant media firestorm, at least in Victoria, like this article – “We do not need to wait for a Christchurch’: Grampians cross burning spurs call for action”
It’s supposed to be a group calling themselves “National Socialist Network” – but these Melbourne groups, whether Lads’ Society, Antipodean Resistance, are all kind of the same, with much of the same people in them. They’re focused on fitness and lifting, and now it seems, going on hikes and burning crosses.
Thomas Sewell, whose telegram channel is sometimes a neverending stream of esoteric Hitlerism which is hard to make head nor tail of, seems to run most of these groups, and when he speaks in person can come across very well and makes some good sense:
He’s said that the hiking expedition, and probably the cross burning, was to produce “content” for yet another group, European Australian Movement.
God willing the content coming out of this expedition to the Grampians mountains is not going to be like this sort of thing, a supposedly “Atomwaffen Division” video, perhaps filmed in western Ukraine in 2019, which is visually well done but all quite absurd and with sometimes hilarious narration that seems like a high school boy wrote it:
Anything produced from this jaunt in the Grampians is going to be vastly less “hardcore” looking and there’ll be no guns, but there might be burning of crosses and Roman salutes for reasons no one knows. Maybe Sewell knows his medieval Scottish history, and that cross burning was done then for non hate reasons, but no one has a clue about anything these days, especially people in the media. It just seems that they’re copying the Atomwaffen style of things, and no good will come of that.
This is all seems designed to bring the authorities down further on “right wing extremism” and if they are a genuine bunch of young men, and just not all ASIO or police informants, or blithering idiots, then for heaven’s sake try to remember who suggested bringing a cross to burn, and then cut off all contact with him. If it was the Leader, then you have a problem.