Protesters at Lauren Southern event clash with riot police outside Melbourne venue
Protesters have clashed with riot and mounted police outside a Melbourne venue hosting Canadian far-right speaker Lauren Southern.
More than 100 protesters blocked the Hume Highway outside Somerton’s La Mirage Reception and Convention Centre ahead of Ms Southern’s Friday night event.
At one point, the group rushed at a bus filled with attendees, slapping it and chanting “surround the Nazi bus” while being mooned by a man inside it.
Inside, Ms Southern’s speech was interrupted by protesters with banners and chanting “racism off our streets”, according to the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance group.
The young provocateur is known for her controversial views on multiculturalism, Islam and feminism and was banned from entering the UK in March.
Every act of violence feeds this – an endless yo-yo of contempt and spite manifesting every injury into martyrdom and self righteous justification to demean and denounce the other in a collapsing cycle forever human born.
There is a shiver of the shadow of the 1920s that hangs across all of this.
As we pause to consider how best to respond to these crypto-fascists appearing here in NZ – appreciate every violent protest merely builds them – we’ve been successfully trolled by this pair, will we give them more recruits or less?
Phil Goff was right to ban these crypto-fascsists from a publicly funded venue, but his need to appeal to liberal Auckland at a time when his Leadership as Mayor was eroding him support from the Left threw a gas bomb on this and allowed these Hate Merchants to play the free speech martyrs.
It has given them a marketing coup and I would not be surprised if Southern and Molyneux have had an enormous spike in youtube views from NZ.
There is an argument that we should not platform these crypto-fascists, I say we’ve lost that opportunity by being successfully trolled by these two. I believe the best way to combat this venom is to stand and debate our values because you don’t beat protoNazi’s from trigger free safe spaces with built in emotional support peacock petting zones.
Debating crypto-fascists is NOT about turning them, it is about stopping them recruiting our fellow citizens. The economic shock waves of the next global financial collapse feed the far right narrative, if you think this debate is going away, you are wrong.
We must protest them and we should try and engage in a way that dismantles their argument, not add to their martyrdom.