A group of neo-Nazis has sparked fury in Melbourne after the fascist group held a rally at a popular lookout.
The photo was taken at Point Ormond lookout in Elwood, which sits only a few kilometres from the Jewish enclaves of Balaclava, Elsternwick, Caulfield and Ripponlea.
Statement on Neo-Nazis in Elwood— Josh Burns (@joshburnsmp) January 17, 2023
The people of Elwood are welcoming and community minded.
They look after each other and our beautiful environment.
Reports today of a group Neo-Nazis congregating and performing a Nazi salute, goes against everything this community stands for. pic.twitter.com/OCcpF4m3bI
It is racism.— Josh Burns (@joshburnsmp) January 17, 2023
It is divisive.
And it is frankly not welcome here.
As a proud Jew and a proud Australian I will always stand against this bigotry.
Federal MP for Macnamara Josh Burns took to Twitter to lash the group who hosted the event to promote hate in his community.
"The people of Elwood are welcoming and community minded. They look after each other and our beautiful environment," he said.
"I know this group of far-right extremists are doing this to provoke a reaction from people like me."
Burns, who is Jewish, added: "However, we can’t be silent and let this happen without calling it out for what it is."
"It is racism. It is divisive. And it is frankly not welcome here."
Other residents reported receiving leaflets in their mailboxes, spreading the group's hateful message.
The leaflets revealed the group's mission is to promote the 'preservation' and 'advancement' of white people in Australia.
It also stated that the group is a 'network' of white Australians that are operating across every suburb, city, and town.
"The media and government hate white people. They will treat this flyer as an act of 'terrorism'," the leaflet said.
"A victory comes from the collective effort, and will of our people coming together for a common cause. We must secure the existence of our people and future for white children in order to achieve our goals."
Other social media users tagged Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police in the images to get them to investigate.
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich also slammed the men in the undated image, describing them to News Corp as 'bigots with burning malice in their hearts'.
"This can’t stand. Imagine how shocked and distressed a Holocaust survivor would be walking with their grandchild on the beach and witnessing this horror show of evil," he said.
"[They] are brazenly sowing fear and intimidation on our beaches and streets and pushing their murderous ideology through this organised tsunami of hate."
Dr Dvir Abramovich is worried neo-Nazism is on the rise in Australia.
“Recruitment of disaffected young people to the Aryan cause is at a historic level amid a surge in racial bigotry,” he said.
“These agents of extermination are dialling up their spread of murderous ideology in order to attract new followers.”
As per news.com.au, other neo-Nazi flyers have been circulated around Paddington in NSW, Auchenflower in Queenslandand, and in Beaconsfield in Melbourne.
Several Nazi stickers were also placed across the 'Welcome to Beaconsfield' sign in the south eastern suburb.
Featured Image Credit: Josh Burns/Twitter. charistoone-images / Alamy.
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