Hun­dreds protest Nazi rally

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AN­GEL­ICA SNOWDEN

HUN­DREDS of pro­test­ers have gath­ered out­side the State Li­brary of Vic­to­ria to demon­strate against last week­end’s con­tro­ver­sial far-Right rally, which shocked on­look­ers with the use of Nazi salutes and racist chants.

Queens­land Se­na­tor Fraser An­ning copped heavy crit­i­cism from nu­mer­ous di­rec­tions last week af­ter billing tax­pay­ers to at­tend last Satur­day’s ex­trem­ist rally that was hosted by con­victed crim­i­nals Blair Cot­trell and Neil Erik­son.

Yes­ter­day, Vic­to­rian Greens leader Saman­tha Rat­nam spoke at the State Li­brary rally, shar­ing some of the mes­sages she re­ceived af­ter at­tend­ing the counter-protest last week­end at St Kilda.

One mes­sage to her said: “We should stop all Mus­lim and black African im­mi­gra­tion be­fore the crime level gets out of con­trol.”

Po­lice were out in force yes­ter­day with the mounted bri­gade at the cor­ner of Swanston St and La Trobe St, and uni­formed of­fi­cers spread out across the front of the State Li­brary. The protest was or­gan­ised by the Cam­paign Against Racism and Fas­cism group.

Shock­ing footage emerged of the pre­vi­ous week’s rally show­ing far-Right pro­test­ers ges­tur­ing with Nazi salutes, af­ter hun­dreds of ral­ly­go­ers and counter-pro­test­ers faced off for more than four hours.

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