Neo-Nazis salute in sick protest against drag queen at youth festival


Neo Nazis staged a sick protest against drag queen at Melbourne youth festival.
Image: courtesy of CJ Murrumbeena/Twitter

A dozen neo-Nazis performed Hitler salutes, hurled vile slurs and targeted a drag performer at a family-friendly youth festival in Moonee Ponds in inner Melbourne on Friday.

The group of men staged the vile protest at Queen’s Park, unfurling two banners. One referred to drag queen Belial B’Zarr as “Demon Flesh” while another read “Drag Pedos Groom Kids”.

“We were having an absolutely fab time at Youth Fest today, until neo-Nazis showed up to protest me,” they wrote online.

“They had a wonderful time screaming ‘are there any Jews here’, giving the good ol’ Nazi salute and screaming at me for being ‘demon flesh’.”

B’Zarr went on, “My community has been so essential at this time and the outpouring of love and support has been phenomenal.

“Hate won’t divide us and this act of hatred has only affirmed me in what I do.

“When I started drag I wanted to become the person I wish I had growing up. Standing as my authentic self in the face of those who’d seek to dismantle that makes me feel I’m one step closer to being that person.”

Councillor slams extremist’s hate speech at family-friendly event

Local Moonee Valley Councillor Rose Iser, who attended the family-friendly festival held during school holidays, condemned the neo-Nazi’s “hateful” protest.

“Unfortunately, the inclusive values embedded in the entertainment attracted hate-speech and intolerance in the form of a handful of extremist protesters,” she said.

“Police did a magnificent job keeping everyone safe from intimidating chants from people who really should have had better things to do on a sunny Friday.

“Thank you to all of the families and staff members who ignored the hate and filled the park with love and laughter, and stayed loud and proud.

“Everyone, of any race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation, is welcome in the Valley of Moonee.”

‘We cannot ignore this form of extremism’

A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed officers attended the Neo Nazi protest, which also attracted anti-fascist counter protesters.

“Police were called to an event about 12pm after a group of 12 protesters attended and caused a disruption,” a spokesperson said.

“A counter protest group attended and police were there to ensure no breaches of the peace occurred.

“The event concluded and all parties left the area. No arrests were made.”

Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich warned anti-semitism, bigotry and white supremacism were on the rise in Victoria.

“We cannot ignore this form of extremism,” he said.

“Our diggers did not sacrifice their lives to defeat the Third Reich so that these Hitler worshippers can openly salute and celebrate Hitler’s murderous legacy without consequence.”

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2 Comments

  1. Juniper
    4 October 2022
    Reply

    The photo makes it look like Police are protecting the Fascists.

  2. Peter Turner
    6 October 2022
    Reply

    No arrests were made!
    Why the fuck not?
    They were clearly yelling “hate speech” which is against the law.

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