Antipodean Resistance

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Antipodean Resistance
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AbbreviationAR
MottoWe're the Hitlers you've been waiting for[1]
Formation12 October 2016[1]
PurposeNational Socialist White revolution (Nazism)[1]
HeadquartersMelbourne[1]
Location
OriginsMelbourne
Region
Victoria
Official language
English
AffiliationsNational Action (UK)
Nordic Resistance Movement
Atomwaffen Division

Antipodean Resistance (AR) is a neo-Nazi hate group in Australia.[2] The group, formed in October 2016, which has been described as "alt-right",[3][4] and uses the slogan "We're the Hitlers you've been waiting for",[3] makes use of Nazi symbols such as the swastika and the Nazi salute. AR's logo features the Black Sun and Totenkopf (skull head) with an Akubra hat, a laurel wreath and a swastika.[1]

Antipodean Resistance promotes and incites hatred and violence, as seen through some of its anti-Semitic and homophobic posters, with graphic images of shooting Jews and homosexuals in the head. One poster called to "Legalise the execution of Jews."[1][5][6] As of December 2018, its website was shut down by its hosting provider.

History[edit]

Antipodean Resistance was formed on the now defunct Iron March website, which was a far-right website describing itself as a fascist social network, and which appears to have been home to many white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists. Members of the website formed groups such as Atomwaffen Division and Antipodean Resistance.[7][8]

AR has attracted attention for its Nazi-inspired vandalism in major cities in Australia. It has targeted schools in Melbourne with significant ethnic minority populations, placing posters carrying the message "Keep Australia White" along with racial slurs such as "abo", "nigger", and "chink", which were described as "vile and disgusting" by Victorian education minister James Merlino.[9]

AR attracted international attention with a campaign of Chinese-language posters at universities threatening Chinese students with deportation.[10]

In the lead-up to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey AR targeted churches, universities and public places with homophobic propaganda linking same-sex marriage and paedophilia.[11][12]

In December 2017, it was reported that AR's posters had been seen around Chippendale in Sydney.[13] Banners have been dropped from bridges over highways by AR calling for "white revolution".[8]

During April 2018 it was reported that AR's posters had been seen around Canberra.[14]

In June 2018 it was reported in Melbourne that AR's posters were found on Chapel Street, South Yarra, mocking Pride Month and calling gay people "a walking disease".[15][16]

On November 2, 2018, the NSW Nationals banned any party member from joining a number of specified alt-right organizations, including Antipodean Resistance.[17][18][19]

Membership[edit]

The membership of AR is reported to be very small. The group is only open to young heterosexual white people, who are "able to take a hit" for their beliefs. Members assume a pseudonym in an attempt to remain anonymous. Media outlets have reported that AR have organised secret radicalisation camps in remote forests.[20]

In February 2018, AR formed a women's branch, Antipodean Resistance Women's Alliance (ARWA).[8]

AR set up a Twitter account in February 2017 which was closed on 18 December 2017 by Twitter in a crackdown on hate sites.[21] Aware of the probability of the ban, an account was set up in November 2017 on Gab, a Twitter-like platform commonly used by the alt-right.[1] On 12 December 2018, the group's main recruiting platform, its website, was shut down by its hosting provider, GoDaddy for violations of its terms of service.

Terrorism concerns[edit]

Several counter-terrorism experts have suggested authorities should focus more on far-right extremists such as Antipodean Resistance. Anne Aly, the Labor MP, in 2017 suggested that the group may turn to terrorism, stating "For a terrorist attack to succeed, it really only takes one person." She called for the group to be banned, stating "I would like to see some of these groups proscribed ... as terrorist and violent organisations."[11]

It was reported in 2017 that ASIO, the Australian national security organisation, was monitoring the group, who were "willing to use violence to further their own interests."[22]

See also[edit]

  • Atomwaffen Division, an American neo-Nazi terrorist group with similar rhetoric and posters to that of Antipodean Resistance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Nathan, Julie (20 April 2018). "Antipodean Resistance: The Rise and Goals of Australia's New Nazis". ABC Religion & Ethics. Australian Beroadcasting Corporation.
  2. ^ Martinich, Rex (6 October 2017). "Neo-Nazi Grampians camp used for recruitment". The Stawell Times-News. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Staff (January 3, 2018) "Nazi Recruitment Posters Found Plastered Around Australian University" Vice
  4. ^ Truu, Maani (31 January 2019) "'Tip of the iceberg': Video shows Rabbi abused in anti-Semitic road rage incident" SBS News
  5. ^ Faithfull, Eden (20 April 2017). "White Supremacist Neo-Nazi Propaganda Found on Sydney University Campus". usu.edu.au. University of Sydney Union. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ Staff (17 August 2017). "'Hatred on our doorsteps'". Australian Jewish News. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  7. ^ Poulter, James (13 March 2018). "The Obscure Neo-Nazi Forum Linked to a Wave of Terror". Vice. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Nathan, Julie (18 April 2018). "Antipodean Resistance: Australia's new Nazis". jewsdownunder.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ Davey, Melissa (16 August 2017). "White supremacist posters targeting students placed at Melbourne high schools". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  10. ^ Kwai, Isabella; Xu, Xiuzhong (25 July 2017). "Anti-Chinese Posters at Melbourne Universities Are Tied to White Supremacists". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  11. ^ a b Tran, Danny (5 September 2017). "Antipodean Resistance Neo-Nazi group trying to sway Australia's same-sex marriage postal vote". ABC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  12. ^ Urban, Rebecca (29 August 2017). "White supremacists take credit for homophobic posters in Melbourne". The Australian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Allen之雪梨手記". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  14. ^ Sibthrope, Claire (21 April 2018) "Canberrans 'disheartened' to find Neo-Nazi propaganda in city" ABC News (Australia)
  15. ^ Jones, Jesse (26 June 2018). "Nazi group plasters Melbourne street with 'Happy AIDS Month' posters". Star Observer. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  16. ^ Smith Douglas (28 June 2018) "Vic police investigate source of far-right hate speech posters" SBS News
  17. ^ Kpzioo, Michael (November 2, 2018) "Nationals ban 22 members for life after investigation into neo-Nazi links" Sydney Morning Herald
  18. ^ Ferguson, Richard (November 2, 2018) "NSW Nationals awake to any neo-Nazi infiltration", The Australian
  19. ^ Verghis, Sharon (March 27, 2019) "Australia Struggles to Make Sense of Its Role in the New Zealand Massacre" Time
  20. ^ Lang, Rachel (5 September 2017). "Neo-Nazi radicalisation camp held on Sunshine Coast". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  21. ^ Staff (18 December 2017). "Twitter cracks down on swastikas and 'hateful imagery' and it starts enforcing new rules on abusive content - shuttering accounts run by white nationalist magazines and more". Daily Mail.
  22. ^ Houghton, Jack (7 September 2017). "ASIO tracking Neo-Nazi group 'willing to use violence'". The Northern Star. Retrieved 15 September 2017.