Gloating at death film
Frame-up, says anti-Islam rally backer
A VIDEO has emerged of an organiser of an “anti-Islamist” rally due to be held in the city this weekend laughing at CCTV footage of a socialist protester being fatally stabbed.
But United Patriots Front member Neil Erikson said the video, apparently of him narrating footage of a neo-Nazi in Spain knifing a protester, 16, on a packed train, had been hacked and doctored.
However, he could not identify any specific changes.
He also said he had thought the video showed a “single patriot” punching out at a group of socialist protesters, and only later did he learn it was a “stabbing or something — anyway, it was self-defence, obviously”.
The narrator of the footage says it shows a “patriot” taking on “Left-wing filth”.
Calling it “gold” and “bloody awesome”, the narrator says: “Look at them running away from one patriot. We have the power.
“He won the battle. One patriot versus one thousand Leftwing unwashed scum — bring on July 18 Melbourne Parliament House.”
The UPF, dubbed a far-Right group with “neo-Nazi” members, is a splinter group of Reclaim Australia.
It plans to bus supporters from Sydney for a rally against radical Islam outside Parliament House tomorrow, and expects a crowd of about 300.
Mr Erikson admitted to the Herald Sun that he made the video, but said the audio had been doctored and his voice had been distorted.
He said he did not post the video online and his Left-wing opponents had come across it by hacking his email.
Mr Erikson also said “socialists” had faked screenshots of a UPF member discussing bringing weapons to the rally, in an attempt to stop it.
He said the UPF had been created to protect its members from Left-wing violence.
“I’m expecting violence on the Left. Not one bit of violence has been instigated from the patriots’ side,” he said.
Commander Brett Guerin said police would not tolerate law-breaking during the rally, and would check the veracity of comments on social media.
Muslim community worker Mo Elleissy advised Muslims to stay away from tomorrow’s demonstration.
“I’m concerned for the safety of the counter-demonstrators, especially those that look foreign. They are neo-Nazis and they are using an exaggerated threat of halal meat and radical Islam to push their racial political views.”
Islamic Council of Victoria general manager Nail Aykan also advised against attending counter-demonstrations for fear of violence.