Even the worlds most liveable city, Melbourne, has social harmony issues and it’s tough being impartial covering events about fascism and counter fascism.
On the one hand you have the right, their provocative (and often illiterate) signs. Outright ridiculous claims from experts about race and religion, Sri Lankans making jokes that they went on holiday to Queensland and got a tan, hence they’re now brown (true story). They claim a country as their own, that never really was in the first place and now, they say, there is no more room at the inn. Where would these people have been if the Aboriginal peoples had gun ships turning away boats? The English certainly did not want their ancestors and the rest have benefitted from various immigration schemes themselves. I even overheard one group joking that they were all English, once. You couldn’t make it up.
Then you have the others, those supposedly standing up for human rights and rights to asylum, but they disgrace themselves by spitting and throwing projectiles at elderly women holding signs about halal food, ripping them off them to burn in the street. They isolate and physically attack supporters of fascist ideology. These supporters of fascist ideology may or may not do the same to minorities if given the chance, but it does not make it right to do it at your own counter rally when you are trying to highlight the life of violence they promote.
The scale of the problem is reflected in this United Nations of Reclaim Australia picture below. Nations present (not represented) include: Sri Lanka, Iraq, Scotland, England, Russia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and others. I couldn’t keep up in my astonishment of their polished routine.
When the indoctrination and conditioning is this strong, you need something better than counter violence to influence the argument. Don’t forget, these people have been taught to hate people that they do not understand, through a systematic approach by the state and global media industry. They may have had negative personal experiences that further reinforce that conditioning. It’s a tough problem to crack but they learned this rubbish, they can unlearn it too.
Something has got to give, people. You cannot win a battle of ideology through hating more aggressively than the opposition. Another world is possible and we must all strive to act appropriately to create it.