Herald Sun

Gloat­ing at death film

Frame-up, says anti-Is­lam rally backer

- JAMES DOWL­ING james.dowl­ing2@news.com.au

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.

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