Australian authorities to allow neo-Nazi festival (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 04.19.12, 11:30)
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Queensland AG says ´disgusting´ Hammered music festival not illegal.
Former lawmaker claims major white-pride event violates anti-
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said banning the Hammered
music festival, is expected to draw white supremacists from Australia
and overseas, is out of the question in the interests of free speech.
Bleijie was quoted by the Brisbane Times as saying that he
was "disgusted" by the major white-pride event to be held in Brisbane
this weekend, but added that “while the government does not condone
neo-Nazi or extremist beliefs, it is not illegal to hold an event
such as this.
"The Queensland government will not ban this festival, but any
attendees who incite or commit violence or racism will be dealt with
by the police,” he warned.
According to the Brisbane Times, former independent member for
Burnett Rob Messenger, who launched a Parliamentary e-Petition
against the “Neo Nazi, race hatred-inspired gathering,” said he was
frustrated the views of nearly 2000 petition signatories had been
He claimed allowing Hammered to proceed made Queensland a
national “laughing stock.”
“The government, I believe, under current Queensland laws, has the
ability to stop the rally,” Messenger was quoted by the Brisbane
Times as saying.
"I believe that it breaches anti-discrimination (legislation) as it
stands, but in the meantime, and at the very least, the (Attorney-
General) should untie the hands of the Queensland police and allow
them to investigate the concert promoters and their public
The Brisbane Times said the Hammered Festival is organized by a group
called the Southern Cross Hammerskins, a local branch of an
international association spawned from the American white power
This is the first year the three-year-old festival will be held in
Brisbane, the report said, and websites promoting the event say it
coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Southern Cross Hammerskins
Other websites promoting the festival contain pro-Nazi media
including YouTube video clips celebrating Adolf Hitler, according to
the report. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/19/12)
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